A tongue-in-cheek police T-shirt poking fun at Democratic National Convention protesters is selling fast and creating some controversy, says CBS 4 News in Denver. The shirts were created and distributed by the Denver Police Protective Association, the union that represents most of Denver’s 1,400 police officers. The front of the black shirt shows the number 68 with a slash through it. One of the primary protest groups at last month’s DNC in Denver was the Re-create 68 Alliance, a reference to the violent 1968 political convention in Chicago.
The back of the shirt features a menacing police figure, wearing what looks like a Denver police badge and helmet and clutching a baton. He’s looming over the city of Denver along with the slogan, “WE GET UP EARLY, to BEAT the crowds.” There were 154 protesters arrested during the August convention. Re-create 68 organizer Glenn Spagnuolo calls the shirt appalling and tasteless. Spagnuolo said that members of the police union “clearly have no respect for the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.”