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Woman Tries to Trademark 'I Can't Breathe' to Sell Shirts

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A woman in Illinois who reportedly has no connection to Eric Garner's family is trying to trademark his last words, "I can't breathe," in order to sell clothing, specifically lots of hoodies. The phrase has been picked up as a cry of protest against police brutality across the nation, but according to Consumerist, the woman claims that she has been using the phrase for commercial purposes since late August. She says the trademark has nothing to do with the Garner family and she isn't trying to nab it for the money. But, as Consumerist points out, the woman hasn't disclosed what other purpose the trademark would be used for and it looks like her only other option would be giving away the hoodies. Hmmm.
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