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US: Anti-police brutality T-shirt kiosk vendor to return to mall

The shirts feature two stick figures resembling police officers beating a third figure on the ground and read "This Has to Stop!"

By: AP | Cherry Hill |
August 13, 2016 2:29:24 am
Amir Miller, Amir Miller anti brutality, anti police brutality t shirt, police brutality, US police brutality, black lives matter, black lives matter, US, US police brutality, latest world news File Photo: Police officers and their supporters picket outside Somerville City Hall, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Somerville, Mass. (Source: AP Photo/Charles Krupa/File)

A kiosk operator who was asked to stop selling anti-police brutality T-shirts and left a mall last month says he has received an apology and plans to reopen the kiosk.

The Cherry Hill Mall asked Amir Miller to stop selling the $20 shirts because they were considered offensive. The shirts feature two stick figures resembling police officers beating a third figure on the ground and read “This Has to Stop!”

Miller, who’s from Philadelphia, said he designed the shirts in response to police shootings that killed two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Rather than comply with the request to stop selling them, he walked out on his rent and deposit.

He later posted an online video saying people offended by the shirts might be part of the problem. The video received tens of thousands of views.

The mall’s management said it reversed its “hasty” decision the following day and invited Miller to resume selling the shirts.

“What happened to him was unfortunate and never should have happened,” Kevin Feeley, a spokesman for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Camden police brokered a meeting between trust vice president Bruce Goldman and Miller, who received an apology.

Miller said he plans to reopen the kiosk in January and open another in Newport News, Virginia. He said the apology was sincere and “set a tone of respect for the whole idea.” Feeley said the mall has since trained managers with the goal of avoiding similar incidents.

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