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EXCLUSIVE: MCPD Officer Shown Wearing “Breathe Easy” t-shirt

Blaine Pierce, Rockville High School Alum and current MCPD officer, wearing “Breathe Easy Don’t Break the Law” t-shirt in 2015

This is Blaine Pierce, a Rockville High School Alum and former Marine. He is currently an officer with MCPD. He’s wearing a shirt that says “BREATHE EASY. DON’T BREAK THE LAW.” The photo is from 2015. By the time this photo was taken Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown Jr., Eric Harris, Freddie Gray, and so many others had already been murdered at the hands of police.

Montgomery County is looking at how to “reimagine policing” but what do we do when officers within MCPD think the murders of Black men at the hands of law enforcement are a joke?

UPDATE: Since this article has been published I have had hack attempts on both my personal and MoCo Local accounts across all social media and have had fake or hardly used Facebook accounts that are obviously trying to intimidate me to friend my personal account. Rest assured, my accounts are secure, and I am taking steps to secure them even further.

By Vito Anastasia

Vito is a Business Intelligence Analyst with a love for civics. He is an active advocate and activist, especially in the LGBTQ community. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his dog and cat.

12 replies on “EXCLUSIVE: MCPD Officer Shown Wearing “Breathe Easy” t-shirt”

It’s interesting to me that the first thing people say when a black man is shot, speaks to who he was. And when people speak about the officer indulging in these despicable acts, they speak to who he could become. Brock Turner wasn’t a Division 1 athlete who made a mistake, he was a rapist who could also swim. The same goes for officers who both pull the triggers and condone other officers for doing so. They aren’t great men, great Marines who were acting with courage. They are murderers who have also been in the military. Get your perspective right.

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A lot of people can change in 5 years. We all are told to give ex cons and others a second chance, but we can allow someone who was hardly 20 years old time to grow and mature? To learn from his mistakes? This is so one sided it’s crazy.

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Even if this shirt was made totally by coincidence, with no harm intended, or complete ignorance of Eric Garners dying words, there is literally no reason to wear it after learning that information and seeing the way the NYPD mocked the words of a dying man. None.

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In the best case scenario,, which gives all parties the most extreme benefit of the doubt, You’d think that if someone owned that shirt from way back, heard Garners dying words and saw “I Can’t Breathe” become a rallying cry against police brutality, you’d go “Ok, time to toss this shirt because it may be seen as incredibly offensive.”

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To the those posting the article as reference to support the T-shirt, did you even read it? The author basically tells the man who created it that he could’ve use different language that wouldn’t have to have any semblance to “I can’t breathe,” and there may not have been an issue. Bad article to support your argument.

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Doing some digging. He comes from a cop family. This photo is from several years ago, before he was trained as a Marine and Moco cop. Think he has matured since then? Have you ever made mistakes? Have you seen any derogatory photos or posts from him since then?
Reading a few other posts, I see his best man was also black. You can’t always judge a book by it’s cover. The social media mob strikes again.

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You are right, sometimes people can change. Some learn from their mistakes and move forward with more compassion and respect; but your argument that his best man was black is the lamest argument EVER. I’ll tell you why: just b/c one might have a “friend” who is a person of color, it does not mean that they see this “friend” as an equal; it also does not mean that they support this “friend” and others who look like that “friend”. IF that black “friend” lost his job, would that white “friend” help him financially; let him stay in his home; feed him; have him around his fam/friends who aren’t of color?
It’s so much deeper than his best man was black.
Btw, if he valued that black “friend”, he should’ve been more conscious of what wearing a shirt like that could mean to his black “friend”.
Just sayin’ 😐

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Not much of a blog. Why don’t you do some research before you slander people? Do you have copyrights to this photo or did you just pull it off Facebook? How would you like to be judged based on your looks/clothes?

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