According to The Sacramento Bee :
T-shirts sold by the Twin Rivers Police Officers Association have this message: “U raise ‘em, we cage ‘em,” surrounding a picture of a young child behind bars.
On Monday, community leaders and child advocates said the T-shirts are highly offensive and could validate feelings of mistrust for the Twin Rivers’ school police force. The agency has been under intense scrutiny over complaints it has overstepped its authority.
“There is nowhere on the planet where it is OK to wear a shirt like this,” said Ed Howard, senior counsel for the University of San Diego’s Children’s Advocacy Institute, after seeing the image of the shirt.
Twin Rivers police union President Arlin Kocher, an officer in the department, said the union came up with the shirts in 2009 to raise funds for the families of fallen officers. Fewer than 30 shirts were ordered; most were sold for $12 to Twin Rivers union members, Kocher said.
He now calls the shirts a mistake.
“I don't think this will be received well by the public, which is why we stopped selling them,” Kocher said. “Our chief came to us (about a year ago) when he found out that we were selling them. He asked us to take it off the union website. Our union, especially me, take full responsibility.”
Hey, Kocher. Open your heart, grab the boxes from your basement, and donate the dead stock to BroBible so we can in-turn donate them to a good cause. No, not the less fortunate. Just our readers.
Hat Tip: Bob's Blitz