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UPDATE: Another former band member disowns the shirt. Details after the jump.

A big tip of the hat to SeattleCrime.com for what they accurately titled

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Local Hardcore Band 'Furious Styles' Uses Cop-Killing to Sell T-Shirts

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UPDATE: Another former band member disowns the shirt. Details after the jump.

A big tip of the hat to SeattleCrime.com for what they accurately titled as today's classiest story.

A local hardcore metal group didn't have the same reaction as most Seattleites to the assassination of Officer Tim Brenton. Whereas most of the city saw the murder of a cop as a good time to remember that peace officers have a very dangerous job and we should be thankful for the work they do, the charming fivesome that is Furious Styles (that'd be those fine gentleman to your right) decided now would be a good time to make money selling t-shirts.

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There's no way in hell we're going to tell you how to actually buy this thing.

Witness: an alleged cop-killer glorified. That's accused murderer Christopher Monfort screenprinted behind a badge, blood and Furious Styles's clever logo. The back reads "most of my heroes don't appear on no stamp."

SeattleCrime.com tracked down comments made by Michael Torres, the group's lead singer, on a message board. And lest you think the cold-blooded killing of a cop would change his nuanced views about law enforcement, allow Mr. Torres to set you straight

Over the last week, I saw a lot of support for this dead officer, and a lot people who alledgedly hate the police putting their opinions aside in the wake of this supposed "tragedy". I've heard it all...he had a family...he has kids...etc...so spare me that bullshit. Everyone has families, many adults have children. That doesn't excuse the actions of police in general and I refuse to change my opinion on the subject. When police die, I feel that the streets are just a little bit safer. So with that being said, I'm in no way embarrassed that we made this shirt. A lot of people took a stance on the situation....now I'm taking mine.
Feel an ounce of compassion for a kid who's going to grow up without a father? That's grounds for dismissal, man!

It's good to see that the ideological purity so dividing us politically isn't restricted to our nation's dominant parties. Now it's tearing apart groups of anti-authority assholes with daddy issues! Hooray for net-positive collateral damage!

UPDATE: Apparently the group broke up earlier this year. And the former members don't support the shirt they say was all Torres' idea.

"It's fucking stupid," former Furious Styles guitarist Harris Richardson told SeattleCrime.com about the shirt. "It's not like [Monfort] was a political activist. He...wanted to be a cop. He's not really standing up against cops. It's not like we're talking about Mumia or anything."

UPDATE: In an e-mail to Daily Weekly, former Furious Styles member Miles Freeborn says he has been "taking a lot of heat" over the t-shirt controversy and reiterates Richardson's point that he had nothing to do with it.

Monfort's family is also speaking out. In a statement, Monfort's mother and other relatives said they were angry when they learned about the t-shirt and "horrified" by what it glorifies. Meanwhile, another Furious Styles member has taken to defending his band in the comments below.

 
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