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Black Lives Matter: Walmart Pulls Shirts After Top Cop Complaint

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Black Lives Matter protesters face riot police during a demonstration against police brutality in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 21, 2016, following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott the previous day. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 02:45 PM

Walmart has removed a “Black Lives Matter” shirt from sale on its website after a complaint from a national police organization.

National Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury wrote a letter to Walmart CEO C. Douglas McMillon on Tuesday to address the merchandise and ask for its removal.

“I urge you to prohibit the use of the Walmart name and website for the retail sale of these products,” Canterbury wrote, The Washington Post reported. The Black Lives Matter shirts are being sold on the site through a third party, Old Glory Merchandise, the Post reported.

“I am concerned that allowing these articles to be sold in this way will damage your company’s good name amongst FOP members and other active and retired law enforcement officers,” Canterbury added. “Commercializing our differences will not help our local police and communities to build greater trust and respect for one another.”

Canterbury also said the third party reseller was “profiting from racial division,” according to the New York Daily News.

Walmart decided to remove one shirt that said “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter,” but not to remove other Black Lives Matter merchandise on the site.

Walmart also sells clothing with “Blue Lives Matter” on it, as well as “All Lives Matter,” the Daily News reported.

Canterbury’s letter also commended Walmart for its support of law enforcement in the past, such as during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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