Has Target Stopped It's "Shop With A Cop" Program?
Posts stating that the popular retail platform, Target is discontinuing its show, Shop With a Cop because of its reluctance to associate with the law enforcement agency in lieu of the events of 2020 has been circulating online since late July. These posts are not true.
This fake information that Target will stop its program for underprivileged kids because the police will "ruin Target's image", originated from the renewed protests by Black Lives Matter protesters who are infuriated over Trump's decision to use militarized police to curb protests.
It can also be traced back to the decision of the regional Shop with a Cop Foundation in Silicon Valley to change its name in order to 'rebuild' the trust people have lost in the law enforcement agency.
According to Darrell Cortez, a retired cop who is running one of the foundation's chapters, it is very easy to lose trust in the foundation with everything that is happening in the country.
However, this foundation has nothing to do with Target. The Shop With a Cop program is a part of Target's Heroes and Helpers events all over the country which holds around Christmas.
In its reply to HITC Entertainment, a spokesperson for Target stated that; “We plan to continue to support children with Heroes & Helpers events across the country this holiday season."
Thus, the information going around on social media is not true.
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