A Northern California school police officers union under fire after they sold T-shirts with a picture of a child behind bars and the slogan: “U raise ’em, we cage ’em.” The Twin Rivers Police Department in North Highlands has ended further sales after the objections of citizens.
The T-shirts were meant to raise money for fallen officers and were sold for $12 each. Association President Arlin Kocher agreed to withdraw the t-shirts, adding “I don’t think this will be received well by the public, which is why we stopped selling them.” I can’t imagine why the public would not well receive such slogans. The T-shirt image was posted on Kocher’s own Facebook page.
Methinks a return to the “Officer Friendly” campaign might be advisable.
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Very professional written review of t-shirts. Keep us updated with this sort of stuff always. I will be coming back to read more here.
In the 60s and 70s, shops in Old Town (Chicago) used to sell t-shirts and posters that featured a picture of three fat Chicago cops leaning against a squad car and giving the finger to the photographer. The caption under the photo was “We Protect And Serve.”
Nicely explained and true, OL.
Yes Angrymanspeaks, Oro Lee hit the nail right on the head. You just know cops that would buy and wear that shirt look at the world through a template that is of a cell door. Sick.
BTW, Your blawg posting regarding the Mississippi law was excellent AMS, You have a very well written blawg.
That’s great. I want one of those shirts. I am with O.L. This is pretty scary stuff. it never ocurred to them that parents would object to a police plan to lock up their children. Real or imagined. Joking or not. it is obvious that these cops feel free to make light of a serious problem and are not aware of the public’s sensitivity towards Fascist Policemen.
i guess the cops wont have a problem then when we make our own t shirts with a nice slogan for the cops eh?
how about “america makes em – we break em” with a picture of a stupid fastass donut eating cop being pistol whipped to the ground
“Which is why it is probably a more accurate representation of moral intentions than if prepared for public dissemination. And why the light needs to be shined on it.”
Maybe, maybe not. But you don’t know, do you?
Do you really think the moral intention of the “school police officers union” is to throw youngsters in jail? Do you have any evidence that there is a problem of draconian incarceration due to school police officers in California schools? No? Thought not.
Vote Republican, so your children have better
Also if thats how the police feel then good riddance to the “fallen” they were trying to raise money for.
“In both instances, this humor was intended to be in-house, and not as a statement to the public of moral intentions.”
Which is why it is probably a more accurate representation of moral intentions than if prepared for public dissemination. And why the light needs to be shined on it.
If you have to say you were joking, you weren’t.
if you have to say you didn’t mean it, you did.
if you have to say it’s the principle of the thing, it isn’t.
If you have to explain stupid, you’re stupid.
if you say you weren’t thinking, or you got caught up in the moment, or that you were just dumb — we’ve all been there. Now say your sorry and that you will try to do better. It’s where we all are.
Kindergarten stuff, people — but still important.
Have in my possession a cap from the LAPD Officers’ Association, received in 1984 – “To protect and serve, when we fucking feel like it!”
Sad, sad, sad. This is what cops really feel.Their goal is to start the ruination of peoples lives so they can keep their jobs. Cops used to keep the peace now they are hoping for arrest instead of keeping the peace. And we wonder why so many men are in jail. Just read that t-shirt…
My first impression is that this is the second post today involving clutching of pearls because of humor considered in ‘bad taste’, the other being the law office Halloween party costumes.
In both instances, this humor was intended to be in-house, and not as a statement to the public of moral intentions. There are plenty of things in modern society to get depressed and angry about as it is, but keeping a sense of humor about the vicissitudes of life is much more useful than polishing up a sense of umbrage.
Lighten up and laugh.
$12??? way too much.
My favorite T-shirt (stupidly, I failed to purchase it and then when I returned to the street vendor a week later, there were none):
two dogs, sort of beagle-like dogs, sitting across from each other and chatting pleasantly. The caption bubble for the first dog said: Hey does the name Pavlov ring a bell with you? The other one’s caption bubble replies: No, but it does make my mouth water.
AY we were living in FLA when I first saw those stupid “My crotch fruit was student of the month at Arm Pit Academy” bumper stickers. I wanted to have exactly your bumper sticker made up by my wife wouldn’t let me.
How about….My Child was inmate of the month…..
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