A HGV driver who is employed by a company that is contracted to haul trailers for Amazon has resigned after Amazon UK refused to de-list offensive “blue lives murder” merchandise from its website.
The t-shirts have caused considerable offence to many members of the emergency services community with the Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales, John Apter, also getting involved.
Mr Apter, who represents 122,000 police officers, had written personally to Amazon’s UK-based MD Doug Gurr last month and called on the company to stop selling the merchandise.
In his letter, the Federation Chair demanded that the Internet giants took steps to remove a range of items being advertised on its site.
Following a meeting this week between John Apter and Amazon UK executives, this plea was rejected, and the company maintained the merchandise does not contravene their policies.
Mr Apter said:
“Together with police colleagues who have contacted me from across the UK, I consider this merchandise to be highly inflammatory and deeply offensive. I believe most members of the public will agree with me that this calls into account the moral judgement of Amazon.
“I really can’t contain my anger and disgust that Amazon failed to act and refuse to remove the ‘Blue Lives Murder’ merchandise from sale.
“I met with senior Directors from Amazon UK, and they did not consider that the sale of these disgraceful items contravenes their policy on offensive and controversial materials.
Amazon HGV drivers have started to show their support of the police – this slogan says: “thin blue line – all cops aren’t bas*ards” | Image credit: Emergency Services News
“I think this is a bad decision and a wrong decision and smacks of poor judgement. I believe that this is a decision police officers and the public will find it hard to understand and stomach.
“Given recent attacks on my colleagues, this was an opportunity for Amazon to hear the voices of those officers, their families and others who have objected to the sale of these items and to show support for policing during this difficult and dangerous time.
“With policing under so much pressure and being unfairly vilified by some, this is a kick in the teeth.
“I hope Amazon will urgently reconsider their decision and put right the wrong many of us feel.”
In a move of solidarity with the emergency services, a HGV driver who hauls Amazon trailers around the country has handed in their resignation.
The driver told Emergency Services News:
“I am disgusted that they have continued to stand by the “blue lives murder” product and I have therefore handed my notice in and will not be pulling trailers on their behalf any more!
“I should also change my name to Picasso because I may have gotten a little creative with their trailers… I shall continue to do so through the remainder of my notice period.
“Much love to you all, keep safe and screw the haters”.
Some HGV drivers have started to show their solidarity with the police | credit: Emergency Services News
Amazon UK’s decision has come at a particularly sensitive time for the wider emergency services family as the trial of three men accused of the murder of PC Andrew Harper draws to the conclusion of its first week.
The heroic police officer was dragged to his death as he tried to stop three burglary suspects.
Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole all deny murder.
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