Coins of police memorabilia from ‘2020 riots’ with the phrase ‘hats and bats’ on the back next to an image of a skull in a riot helmet comes online in California for $ 14.99
- The coins are sold on Clear Hot Gear, a pro-police California site
- The website describes them as ‘challenge coins’ used as a show of ‘brotherhood’
- There are coins and memorial tank tops on the website with the names of the LAPD, LA County Sheriff’s Office and the Long Beach PD on it
- Long Beach says it has not approved the coins and is investigating them
- 2020 ‘riots’ started in Minneapolis on Labor Day in outrage over police murder of George Floyd, unarmed black man
- They continue today in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake, another unarmed black man, was shot several times by police this week
Memorabilia coins from ‘2020 riots’ featuring the names of California police departments and the phrase ‘hats and bats’ next to an image of a skull in a riot helmet have surfaced online and are selling for $ 14.99.
The coins are sold on a Clear Hot Gear with the names of the LAPD, LA County Sheriff and the Long Beach Police Department on it.
According to the police, there is no official sanction. They are now investigating where the coins came from.
The website has an entire section devoted to “ 2020 riots, ” which started on Labor Day in response to the police’s murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The Challenge Coins are sold on Clear Hot Gear, a pro-police California site
Protests and violent looting raged in many cities throughout the summer in a show of long-standing outrage over police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter.
The Long Beach Coin is included in a $ 24.99 ‘pack’ that also comes with stickers that, according to the description on the website, ‘convey the essence of the military and emergency response relationship and instill pride in those who wear them’ .
The website describes them as ‘challenge coins’.
Many readers may not even know what a ‘challenge coin’ is, or how it is used today, but its use is common in many arenas.
Members of the United States armed forces, law enforcement, and firefighters have a long tradition of wearing such coins that symbolize the identity of unity and brotherhood.
There is an entire section on the website dedicated to the ‘2020 riots’. T-shirts are also available for purchase
“Each piece usually carries unique unit symbols or mottos that identify the group they represent, and is often traded, presented and collected between members of the unit,” the website states.
Long Beach Police are now investigating.
“These memorabilia have not been sanctioned or approved by our department and do not reflect our professional standards, core values and commitment to our community,” the LBPD said in a statement.
The sale of the coins comes as more protests continue in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where unarmed black man Jacob Blake was gunned down by police several times this week in front of his children. He survived, but his father says he is paralyzed.
Three people were shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night, including two who died in riots over the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Armed riot police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday night