Illinois Woman, Catherine L. Crump, Wants to Trademark ‘I Can’t Breathe’ for T-Shirts

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wears a shirt reading "I Can't Breathe" while warming up for a game against the Golden State Warriors at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, December 6, 2014. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wears a shirt reading “I Can’t Breathe” while warming up for a game against the Golden State Warriors at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, December 6, 2014. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

A north suburban woman is trying to trademark “I CAN’T BREATHE” — the phrase that has become a nationwide refrain for protestors of police brutality against minorities — for commercial use on clothing.

Catherine L. Crump, of the 200 block of North Green Bay in Waukegan, petitioned for rights to the phrase on Dec. 13, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Crump claims she has been using the phrase for commercial purposes since August 18 and looks to continue using it on T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts for men, women, children and infants, her petition says.

Protests erupted across the country earlier this month when a New York grand jury declined to indict a white police officer who put a headlock on Eric Garner, an African American man whose last words — ”I can’t breathe” — were caught on camera.

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SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times

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