JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Officer John Shipman with the Jonesboro Police Department, who uses the phrase "Back the Blue", responded to Region 8 News about a lawsuit filed against him.
He said the idea for Back the Blue was to bring the community together to help each other. Shipman said he came up with the name to sell t-shirts.
The money raised was to help others.
Shipman said he has not made any money off the shirts.
Here is Shipman's full statement:
"The idea for Back the Blue is valiant and the intent is to bring everyone in the community together to help others. I came up with the idea to use the phrase "Back the Blue" to sell t-shirts. Any monies above the cost of the purchase of t-shirts was used to help others just as others have helped me. I didn't make any money personally from the sell of the t-shirts. In fact, as reported on my recent tax filing, I spent more money than received from the sell of the t-shirts. These funds and my personal funds have been used to help the homeless and the needy. Recently, I have been sued by Dane Adams alleging I owe him money. This lawsuit arose because I confronted Mr. Adams with changing invoices and sometimes double billing. This is nothing more than a billing dispute. I have done nothing wrong. I plan to fight this suit and continue to do things in my community to help others."
Click here to read about the lawsuit filed last week.
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