Well, isn’t this special…
Yes, these t-shirts are real, and yes, Francisco Carbajal, the
jackass gentleman from Nevada who designed them stands behind his product 100%. It’s okay, though. Because when he sells a shirt with ‘SHOOT COPS’ in giant, bold letters across the front, he doesn’t mean it literally…
“We’re not promoting violence,” Carbajal said. “Our message is simple. Pull out your phone and record any interaction with a police officer.”
Carbajal admits he could re-phrase the message, but he says he is going for the shock value.
“I see these kids and they’re like, ‘Yeah, eff the cops.’ I’m like, no, no, no young brother. That’s not what we’re saying here. We have full respect for all police officers,” he said. “Here is this message, and what I want you to get out of it is inform yourself.”
He says his inspiration comes from hip hop, high-profile police shootings – such as the one that killed Eric Garner – and personal interactions with police.
Let’s set aside the fact that Eric Garner wasn’t shot (do I really need to site that fact anymore?) and get to the bottom of this. On what planet does Carbajal think: a) this is helpful, and b) this is anything other than a disgusting way to make money (yet again, off black people)?
Dear Señor Carbajal: you aren’t making a brave, witty, political statement. You are capitalizing on the violent desire of people who want to shoot cops, in real life, with real guns, that hold real ammunition…. and profiting from it at $24.99 a pop. Congratulations, you’re a piece of human feces.
“I never met a policeman who treated me with respect.”
Never? What’s the one common theme in all of your police interactions, Mr. Carbajal? DING DING DING! You. Just a hint.