This t-shirt has caused an angry backlash and the company responsible has attempted an explanation.
The phrase “Breath Easy Don’t Break The Law” appears to be a direct jab at the last words of Eric Garner "I can't breathe". Ummm...That's not OK. This Facebook user sums up the problem perfectly:
As pointed out above, the shirt seems to be in response to Eric Garner's last words.
Jason Barthel, a Mishawaka police officer and owner of South Bend Uniform Company, refutes that claim that the shirts are in bad (make that terrible) taste.
"The shirts are intended as a reminder that police are there to help citizens", said. Barthel.
The public isn't buying it.
Great, a local police officer made (and sells) a shirt mocking Eric Garner's death. http://t.co/gIBvdmq8GC— Nolan Brubaker (@palendae) December 17, 2014
Professional and college athletes, including the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, have been wearing black shirts with the words “I can’t breathe” on them during pregame warm-ups in protest of the death of the New York man.