The Hudson’s Bay Company recently had to scramble to pull a controversial clothing line which had “Don’t Talk to Cops” splattered on most of its apparel.
The slogan was the brain child of the “Obey Clothing Line” out of the U.S., founded by skateboarder Shepard Fairey.
Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack admits the message doesn’t help officers do their jobs, particularly in high-risk neighborhoods. “One of the things we do need is cooperation to solve violent crimes and we need people to talk to police.” McCormack said.
Hudon’s Bay officials spent much of Monday pulling ball caps and t-shirts sporting the slogan from their store shelves and the company website.
McCormack tells AM640’s John Oakley Show he is just glad the retail giant was quick to act. “They had this product removed right away. It’s just a negative position all around and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”