no more "stop snitchin" shirts

By bman1 · Dec 4, 2005 · ·
  1. bman1
    <H4>Boston Store Ceases Sale of 'Snitch' Shirt </NO></H4>

    BOSTON - A clothing store owner agreed Saturday to stop selling "Stop Snitching" T-shirts amid concerns the message was intimidating murder witnesses during a surge in violent crime.

    Store owner Antonio Ennis, after meeting with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and outraged community leaders, said he would stop selling the shirts in his store and over the Internet.

    "It's the right thing to do," Ennis said.

    Antonio Ansaldi Clothing has stocked the shirts since 1999 and sold 300 to 400 a month, he said.

    Boston has had 66 homicides so far this year, matching a 10-year high, and police haven't identified a suspect in 70 percent of them. Police say many witnesses fear retaliation, and Menino said the "Stop Snitching" shirts are part of the problem.

    At a meeting Thursday, the mayor said he would send city employees into shops to seize the shirts.

    Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts asked Menino to abandon that plan.

    That "is a form of official censorship which is fundamentally inconsistent with the constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression," John Reinstein, legal director for the ACLU of Massachusetts, said in a statement.Edited by: bman1

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  1. D0pe
    I have gone through the pushes of locals government and political members who will try to stomp out your right to freedom of speech.. The get offended and say T-Shirts will cause riots or say that it does not match up with the public views. Being in the retail business i always said i can sell what i want and if you do not like it then do not buy it... And if you do not like what i say then get off my property otherwise i will get a restraining order....
    I will say that those same people came back and gave me violations for building codes and other city guidelines that can be bent and turned to bark back at anyone...

    Yea it happens all over the country and freedom goes only so far.. If you mess with the city they will mess with you back. It happens and people turn the other cheek in fear..
  2. Beansy
    What would happen to the retailer if he does decide to start selling the T-shirts in question again.??
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