While Black Lives Matter protesters are crying for justice for George Floyd, some people see it as an opportunity to make money. Various apparels bearing the name of the late African-American security guard are being sold online.
In particular, there is a pair of underwear for women being sold on Amazon. The words “JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD” are printed on the underwear, which is available in black, white and gray.
Sold for $15.66 a pair, the underwear is 90 percent cotton and 10 percent spandex and has elastic waistband and double lining in the crotch area. It is suitable for everyday wear and for spring, summer, autumn and winter, according to the description.
People who sell merchandise tied to a major news event or tragedy are “clearly opportunists,” USA Today quoted former Amazon Services business head James Thomson as saying. “All these people selling T-shirts, they’re basically along for the ride, making money on it. Whether they care about the social aspects, it’s just the surfboard to jump onto and ride as long as the wave is there.’’
Thomson is a partner at managed services agency Buy Box Experts, which supports brands selling online. Since September 2015, he has been the chief strategy officer of the company based in Seattle, Washington, United States.
Floyd was pronounced dead on May 25, 2020 in the emergency room of the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He was in the custody of former Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, Tou Thao, 34, Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, and J Alexander Kueng, 26.
Chauvin is detained in the Minnesota Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. His bail is set at $1.25 million.
The former cop can be released at a lower bail of $1 million on the conditions that he is under supervised release and he surrender his firearms and permits. He would also be prohibited from leaving Minnesota without permission, having contact with Floyd’s family and working in law enforcement or security in that time.
Lane, Kueng and Thao were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence. Lane was freed from the Hennepin Country Jail in Minneapolis on June 10, 2020 after accepting $750,000 cash bail with conditions while neither Thao nor Kueng has posted bail.