Three members of the South Bend, Indiana city council has asked that Mishawaka Police officer Jason Barthel stop selling T-shirts with the message “Breathe easy, don’t break the law” in response to protests over the death of Eric Garner.
“Unfortunately, the divisive message … that is being currently promoted through the sale of T-shirts bearing this message damages the goal of unity and further divides our community,” Oliver Davis, Henry Davis Jr. and Valerie Schey said in a news release Tuesday.
The message also “put(s) our trusted and brave officers in harm’s way,” the three said.
They’ve also asked that businesses not sell the shirt. The city of South Bend is a customer of South Bend Uniform, which makes the shirt and is owned by Barthel.