A national sheriff's organization is calling on Amazon and Facebook to stop promoting merchandise that is anti-law enforcement following an uptick in targeted killings and anti-police rhetoric.
A release from the Major County Sheriff's Association, which is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, states the two companies are "not only promoting criminal behavior but are also profiting from it."
"Social media has become a main source of propaganda for the anti-law enforcement movement and it is disgusting that Facebook continues to permit '[Expletive deleted] the police' pages and groups for public consumption," the release states. "The MCSA condemns the obscene caricatures depicting the assassination of law enforcement officials and calls upon Facebook to immediately remove the content. A call for action was posted on Facebook asking people to share their concerns with Amazon and Facebook responded by systemically removing all such posts and all sharing of the message from thousands of people."
The association says despite the removal of the call to action, the pages and groups that inspired it remain online.
The release states the association also learned Amazon was selling t-shirts that carry the same message as well as other anti-police merchandise.
"It is unimaginable that a retailer would promote and profit off of the bigoted targeting of an individual based on their race, religion, disability or sexual preference, yet '[Expletive deleted] the police' merchandise remains on their website," the release states. "Social media and online retail stores must stand up and stop promoting the dangerous anti-police rhetoric."
Officials say 86 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in the past nine months.
"MCSA calls upon Facebook and Amazon to support the men and women who risk their lives every day for the safety of their communities," the release states.