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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The product is not against the law, however, a local company has been making something that was upsetting a lot of police officers and civilians.

A controversial anti-police saying was printed by on clothing for babies by Louisville company Cafe Press. As of Thursday, the company had stopped producing the clothing.

Most agree the message isn't nice, but it's not illegal.

"We do have our constitutional rights, our first amendment rights to freedom of speech ... But doesn't always make it right what we are saying," said Barry Denton, Executive Director Louisville Metro Police Foundation.

Denton is also a retired police officer. He has researched the company and says the clothing promotes hatred and others agree.

"A lot of things aren't illegal. There was a time in this country when slavery wasn't illegal. There was a time in this country when segregation wasn't illegal," said Dr. Ricky Jones, Full Professor and Chair Pan African Studies.

Dr. Jones says the clothing is incendiary and hurts progress.

"It constricts the rhetoric, it constricts the conversation where reasonable people from each side are trying to come together. This doesn't help."

The saying on the baby onesie, "F the police," is part of a controversial protest song made popular years ago by gangster rap.

"Looking at the policy, it says something like symbols that are against other groups and negative light and hatred other groups and to me," Denton said. "If this doesn't promote hatred of other groups, I don't know what does."

After being questioned by WDRB News, Cafe Press took the images down and changed its mind about "freedom of expression." The company also released this statement.

"After speaking with members of our community, employees and customers, we have decided to remove the designs in question ... It's clear that this particular phrase has morphed beyond a disrespectful protest to a message of hatefulness, and that's not within our community standards."

Dr. Jones said that is the right move, despite the law of the land.

"So, we gotta move beyond what's illegal and do what Thurgood Marshall says and do what's right and wait for the law to catch up."

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