Police Under Fire For Selling "U Raise 'Em, We Cage 'Em" T-Shirt Picturing Child Behind Bars (InformationLiberation)
Thursday November 3rd, 2011
Unfortunately, Sacramento police made the "mistake" of letting the public know how they actually view them.
From The Sacramento Bee:
T-shirts sold by the Twin Rivers Police Officers Association have this message: "U raise 'em, we cage 'em," surrounding a picture of a young child behind bars.How cute.
On Monday, community leaders and child advocates said the T-shirts are highly offensive and could validate feelings of mistrust for the Twin Rivers' school police force. The agency has been under intense scrutiny over complaints it has overstepped its authority.
"There is nowhere on the planet where it is OK to wear a shirt like this," said Ed Howard, senior counsel for the University of San Diego's Children's Advocacy Institute, after seeing the image of the shirt.
The quote and picture is on the back of the shirt. The Twin Rivers Police Officers Association logo is on the front.
Twin Rivers police union President Arlin Kocher, an officer in the department, said the union came up with the shirts in 2009 to raise funds for the families of fallen officers.