17 Dec 2014

Police-owned company sells "Breathe Easy Don't Break The Law" shirts in response to popular "I Can't Breathe" shirts

The shirts are designed as a statement of support for law enforcement in response to the popular “I Can’t Breathe” shirts worn by professional and college athletes.
A Michiana police officer and businessman is selling shirts with a slogan supporting police in response to the popular ’I Can’t Breathe“ shirts worn recently by professional and college athletes.
Jason Barthel, a Mishawaka police officer and owner of South Bend Uniform Company, has begun selling black shirts with a police badge and the phrase “Breath Easy Don’t Break The Law,” according to a report from WSBT.

The shirts are intended as a reminder that police are there to help citizens, Barthel told WSBT.

“We're here to protect the public and we want you to breathe easy knowing that the police are here to be with you and for you and protect you,” he said.

“We are all one people and this is by no means is a slam on Eric Garner or his family, God rest his soul,” reads a post on the South Bend Uniform Company’s Facebook page.
Barthel’s announcement drew a passionate response on the company’s Facebook page, with many comparing the shirts to a statement in support of Hitler or the Ku Klux Klan. Others voiced their support for the company and agreed with Barthel’s sentiment. Many requested shirts in their sizes.


  1. This is pretty arrogant (and stupid) when you consider that according to Eric Garner's step-father, Garner was specifically targeted by the police in revenge for having filed charges against them for a previous violation of his rights.

  2. There to help citizens? Please. One More Time:
    LEO = terrorist.
    Peace officer = hero.

    Any more questions?

  3. I like how the media ignores the fact that Eric Garner was killed in RETALIATION for filing a criminal suit against the police who murdered him for previously stealing money from him and refusing to return it....

    just like the guy who recorded the cops killing Garner was later arrested on bogus charges from the cops as well.

    The Cops are nothing but a gang with State backing...

  4. It seems to me that the shirt is a threat- if you break a law (even a trivial cigarette tax law), the enforcers may kill you in the street.

  5. A few bullet holes would really add pizzazz to this cotton/polyester blend of bullshit.

  6. Yes: Where are these peace officers I've heard of?

  7. The crux is everything is rigged, illegal (or pending)
    Hundreds of thousands of laws! How is anyone not guilty?

    It's a trick question. Everyone is..

  8. The implication of the shirt is that if you do break the law, you have no expectation of survival. Pretty obscene.

  9. That's what I got too. There's lots of good cops out there, but any who wear this shirt are domestic enemies of the Republic.

  10. "The NYC* Cops...."

  11. Are you a federal employee, "Billy"? Most often, when an "activist" advocates violence, he is working on behalf of the authorities.

  12. Need to buy a bunch and add underneath:

    ...because we'll shoot you anyway.

    Pigs: they squeal when you pinch them and they'll eat you if you fall down. Ask the Georgia toddler "Flashbang" what law he broke. Or the countless people that get swatted and die for no reason.

  13. Nope. And nothing wrong with shooting a shirt pinned to a target, is there? Control your violent mind.

  14. Why then do you break the law, you dirty pigs?
    The whole lot of you deserves to be sent to the slaughter-house.

  15. (1) That is definitely a veiled threat.
    (2) Even "law breakers" are entitled to their day in court
    (3) Mandatory steroid/drug tests for ALL police.
    (4) Surprise searches of ALL cop cars/stations/lockers for contraband

  16. Retired back when I was a kid.