School police union slammed for edgy t-shirts

November 1, 2011 - 3:00 PM

NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California school police officers union has generated community outrage for selling T-shirts with a picture of a child behind bars and the slogan: "U raise 'em, we cage 'em."

The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/sDbEnl ) reports that community leaders say the shirts are offensive and fuel mistrust of the Twin Rivers Police Department in North Highlands.

The Twin Rivers Police Officers Association came up with the shirt idea in 2009 to raise money for fallen officers. Association President Arlin Kocher says less than 30 shirts were ordered and most were sold for $12 to union members.

Kocher now says the shirts were a mistake and the union stopped selling them at the police chief's request. The department has been under increasing scrutiny since an officer was shot last month.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com