Boston Mayor Thomas M Menino has declared war on t-shirts. Specifically, he's all done with tolerating shirts that say "Stop Snitchin'." They are popular now amongst those suspected of constituting the criminal element in town.
Mayor Menino has announced that he's sending city Inspectional Services Division officials to confiscate such apparel. “We are going into every retail store that sells the shirts and remove them" says Mayor Menino, with of course no attempt at any pretense of a legal justification for the obvious violations of the US Constitution. "It's wrong" seems to be all the justification he feels a need for.
Yet if you burned a copy of the First Amendment onto a 2x4 and then smacked Mayor Dumbass in the head with it, YOU would be considered the bad guy. Not to belabor the obvious, ACLU types are already all over this. Insert boilerplate about countering bad speech with better speech, etc.
Critics make the argument that these shirts are intended to intimidate witnesses to crimes. Some versions of the shirt show a "Stop Snitchin'" sign riddled with bullets.
Don't care. That's their best argument for this, but it's still obviously stupid. You can't ban the t-shirts and steal people's property. If an individual is specifically threatening a particular witness, THAT is already against the law. But this is still America, and you can't do this. Any mayor so disrespectful of the US Constitution as to talk like this has no business being in office, and needs to be rode out of town on a rail.
They've had quite a wave of crime going in Boston, with five men shot dead this week. Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley says “We are going to come down very, very hard on people who are carrying guns or committing violence."
Fine. People who are actually committing violent crimes need knocked down. Perhaps they should be directing their resources towards getting actual criminals, rather than screwing with damned t-shirts.
Do feel free to jump on that Amazon link, and buy yourself one of these bad boys. They're now officially cool. They're banned in Boston.