T-shirt showing George Floyd’s death, removed by Amazon

Earlier this morning the news came into the account that Amazon has removed a children’s T-shirt from its website which used an image of a policeman kneeling on the neck of George Floyd from its US store.

The garment with the image was available on the US Amazon store for $14.99 and was listed on the website by a third-party reseller and not directly by the brand itself.

In a statement to the BBC, this morning Amazon said that the account was being investigated by them due to the inappropriate t-shirt and that they will not stand any such practice on the website.

The online retailer’s guidelines prohibit products that depict crime scene photos and well as anything that intends racial or any other sort of discrimination.

The item which was the t-shirt was on sale alongside other clothing promoted by the same vendor that was targeted at supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement and by removing them Amazon has proved its point to the sellers and buyers.

It was flagged to the BBC by an Amazon employee who questioned how tasteful such an item of clothing was and that this t-shirt was portraying ethnic discrimination.

While the original listing is now offline by the Amazon, other examples of t-shirts and baseball caps featuring the same photo above the slogan related to all the issues such as against violent law enforcement can still be found on Amazon’s US site. They are however marked as being out of stock for the time being.

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In a statement to the BBC, this morning Amazon said that All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account as well because later on these accounts will not be entertained by the website.

It is said by the reporters that the death of George Floyd who was basically an African American killed in police custody in Minneapolis last month has sparked protests around the world and due to which the virtual protests are also starting now. Four police officers involved have been sacked and charged over his death but who knows what is to come next.

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