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Cop Sells 'Breathe Easy' Shirt In Response To 'I Can't Breathe' Protests

The controversial "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts have some competition. Some pretty offensive competition.

In honor of Eric Garner, the Staten Island father of six who was killed after a plain clothed police officer placed him in an illegal chokehold, "I Can't Breathe" became something of a rallying cry not only across America, but across the world. But now, Corporal Jason Barthel, an Indiana police officer is selling his own shirt with the words, "Breathe easy. Don't break the law."



No surprise, many people are extremely offended

Barthel responded to critics on the South Bend Uniform Company Facebook page, posting, "For those upset, please understand when we use the slogan 'Breathe Easy' we are referring to knowing the police are there for you! We are one people, one nation regardless of race, religion, creed or gender. We are all in this together."

As Vox reports, the Indiana police officer also says the "I Can't Breathe" shirts are "confrontational" where his T-shirt is meant to unite. Frankly, Barthel's T-shirt is more likely to "unite" people like the thousands of New York City protesters who marched through the city last week in support of Garner.

Barthel also claims his shirt is not meant to slam Garner, but how could it not? Garner was suspected of breaking the law by selling bootleg cigarettes and his last words before dying were "I can't breathe." Barthel's T-shirt tells us we can "breathe easy" just so long as we don't commit any crime, even non-violent ones.
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3: Demonstrators gather in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall December 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3: Demonstrators gather in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall December 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03 : Protestors block the road during a protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Protesters hold banners and block an intersection in Washington DC on December 03, 2014 during a protest march after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, a black man, days after a similar decision sparked renewed unrest in Missouri. Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo while being arrested on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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People in a bar hold up their hands in support of protestors in New York Grand Central Station on December 3, 2014 after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, a black man, days after a similar decision sparked renewed unrest in Missouri. Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo while being arrested on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
People lie on the middle of the West Side Highway during a protest after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was not indicted, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared the New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
People lie on the middle of the West Side Highway during a protest after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was not indicted, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared the New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 3: Police clash with protesters on the West Side Highway December 3, 2014 in New York. Protests began after a Grand Jury decided to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo. Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by Pantaleo on July 17, 2014. Pantaleo had suspected Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03 : Protestors block the road during a protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03 : Protestors block the road during a protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3: A demonstrator cries while gathering in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall December 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
A man, left, holds his hands up as New York City Police officers secure a street near Rockefeller Center during a protest after it was announced that the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared the white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him. The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found that a chokehold contributed to it. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Demonstrators march through the streets of Manhattan following a Staten Island, New York grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July on December 3, 2014 in New York City. The grand jury declined to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner's death. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
People march around the base of a Christmas tree as they participate in a demonstration, Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014, in Philadelphia. The crowd, protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police, rallied at the train station and marched through downtown before disrupting a tree lighting ceremony at City Hall. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3: Dancers perform during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while demonstrators gathered there to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision on December 3, 2014. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3: Demonstrators gather in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall December 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03 : Protestors block the road during a protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Protestors gather in New York Grand Central Station on December 3, 2014 after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, a black man, days after a similar decision sparked renewed unrest in Missouri. Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo while being arrested on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A protestor holds up a cigarette during a protest in Grand Central Station on December 3, 2014 after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, a black man, days after a similar decision sparked renewed unrest in Missouri. Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo while being arrested on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles are gridlocked on the West Side Highway by a crowd of protesters after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was not indicted, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared the New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
People lie on the middle of the West Side Highway during a protest after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was not indicted, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared the New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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