Amazon says it has a policy against the sale of “offensive and controversial materials” however, “Blue Lives Murder” merchandise, referring to cops as killers, is being sold on the global website and law enforcement officials say they are canceling their subscriptions.
The sale of the t-shirts saying “Blue Lives Murder” was brought to the attention of this reporter by law enforcement, who said they will be canceling their Prime membership with the company over the decision to allow the inflammatory merchandise to sell on its website.
In one communication between a customer and an Amazon employee, which was posted on Facebook, the Amazon employee was questioned about the hateful material.
The customer service response: “Let me check. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and communities, and are committed to helping build a country and world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear. As a part of that effort, Amazon will donate a total of $10 million to organizations that are working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans. For more information, please visit the Amazon Day One blog.”
“Okay, so I’m going to take that as you don’t support our law enforcement,” said the customer. “Thanks for letting me know. I’ll be sure to spread the world.”
“You have rights to do whatever you think is best but we are entitled for with this information,” the Amazon customer service representative responded.
However, Amazon contends that it has a policy against hateful speech, posting on its website, “Amazon does not allow products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views. We’ll also remove listings that graphically portray violence or victims of violence.”
But that doesn’t appear to be the case when it comes to law enforcement.
“It is disheartening to see Amazon throw its hat into the arena and choose sides over such a volatile topic,” said Chris Cabrera, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council. “There are over 800,000 Law Enforcement professionals nationwide. It is preposterous that the entire profession would be judged by the actions of so few. Amazon is free to support whoever they choose, however, it is possible to support Black Lives Matter movement without alienating law enforcement as a whole.”
The Amazon anti-law enforcement t-shirts and merchandise became available after the tragic death of George Floyd, 46, two weeks ago after a Minneapolis police officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck. Floyd, who was African-American, said ‘I can’t breath’ and later died in custody on May 25. His funeral and burial was on Tuesday, in Houston, Texas where he grew up.
Amazon did not immediately respond for comment.
Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik told “The Sara Carter Show” this week that the radical left has falsely suggested that police brutality is endemic. He noted that it is not and that law enforcement officials across the country that have sacrificed for their communities were shocked by Floyd’s death and many have given their lives while on the job.
He said companies like “Amazon, Ap
“What they don’t realize is what the outcome is going to be because they don’t know history,” he added, referring to historical warnings, of what happened in Cuba and Venezuela when the communists took control.
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Multiple states launch lawsuit against Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan
Breaking Thursday, the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, and South Carolina joined together to file a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration in order to stop the student loan-forgiveness program from taking effect.
“In addition to being economically unwise and downright unfair, the Biden Administration’s Mass Debt Cancellation is yet another example in a long line of unlawful regulatory actions,” argued the plaintiffs in their filing.
The attorneys general spearheading the legal challenge also submit that “no statute permits President Biden to unilaterally relieve millions of individuals from their obligation to pay loans they voluntarily assumed.”
Biden, however, has argued that he is able to unilaterally cancel student debt to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, writes National Review, a Department of Education memo released by his administration asserts that the HEROES Act, which passed in 2003 and allows the secretary of education to provide student-debt relief “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency,” provides the legal basis for the cancellation.
But, National Review notes that the plaintiffs point out that Biden declared in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “the pandemic is over.”
The legal brief also adds:
“The [HEROES] Act requires ED [Education Department] to tailor any waiver or modification as necessary to address the actual financial harm suffered by a borrower due to the relevant military operation or emergency… This relief comes to every borrower regardless of whether her income rose or fell during the pandemic or whether she is in a better position today as to her student loans than before the pandemic.”
Moreover, they argue that the HEROES Act was designed to allow the secretary to provide relief in individual cases with proper justification.
The first lawsuit against Biden’s executive order came Tuesday from the Pacific Legal Foundation:
“The administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income. People like Plaintiff Frank Garrison will actually be worse off because of the cancellation. Indeed, Mr. Garrison will face immediate tax liability from the state of Indiana because of the automatic cancellation of a portion of his debt,” wrote PLF in their own brief.
The state-led lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Missouri, and asks that the court “temporarily restrain and preliminarily and permanently enjoin implementation and enforcement of the Mass Debt Cancellation,” and declare that it “violates the separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution,” as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.
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