Philly PD Bans Tattoos Liberals Find Offensive After Fake 'Nazi' Tattoo Incident

Philadelphia Police Officer Ian Hans Lichterman was accused of displaying a "Nazi" tattoo at a Black Lives Matter march.

Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) has implemented a tattoo policy for officers amid allegations that one member of the force was seen displaying an alleged “Nazi” tattoo on his arm during a Black Lives Matter march in 2016.

The tattoo later turned out to not actually be a Nazi tattoo, but the policy was implemented which would allow action to be taken against officers whose tattoos were misinterpreted.

PPD implemented the policy without negotiating with the police union, the Philadelphia Tribune reported.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 5’s final complaint about the issue was dismissed by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) earlier this month.

According to the board, PPD has “the managerial right to implement policies that promote the public’s confidence and ensure integrity in the government,” the Philadelphia Tribune reported.

“The City has an interest in its officers, as representatives of the City, having an appearance of providing fair, balanced and non-prejudicial law enforcement,” the PLRB continued. “Offensive tattoos undermine the public perception of the integrity and credibility of the officer and the City thereby losing the public’s trust.”

Under the new policy, officers are banned from having tattoos that may be interpreted as a way “to advocate, promote, and support hatred and/or violence towards any person or group of persons based on race, national origin, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.”

Tattoos that someone might deem to be “grossly indecent, lewd or sexual that shocks the moral sense because of their crude, vulgar, filthy or disgusting nature,” are also prohibited, the Philadelphia Tribune reported.

Officers are also not allowed to have tattoos of any kind on their necks, faces, scalps, or heads, with the exception of cosmetic tattoos, including eyeliner and eyebrows.

Any tattoos that might violate the new policy must be covered with cream or clothing.

The policy was created after then-Philadelphia Police Officer Ian Hans Lichterman’s forearm tattoo was spotted as he was working the #BlackResistanceMarch during the Democratic National Convention in 2016, the Philadelphia Tribune reported.

Many alleged that the tattoo resembled the Nazi Party’s partieadler emblem, the Philly Voice reported.

The emblem adopted by the party featured an eagle with its wings outstretched, grasping a swastika encircled by a wreath in its talons.

Officer Lichterman’s tattoo included the eagle but no swastika.

The officer’s tattoo also included the word “Fatherland” above the bird.

The eagle image has hundreds of years of history in Germany and Officer Lichterman’s tattoo comes from the eagle in the German-American police association logo.

The protester plastered the image on social media, and declared that PPD was “employing a police officer with a white-supremacist, Nazi tattoo,” the Philly Voice reported.

“The mere decision to get this tattoo, and choose his profession, casts disperses any faith in Officer Lichtermann's [sic] ability to do his job in a non-oppressive/racist manner,” the protester declared, according to the news outlet. “It's intimidating display, and its present notoriety on social media have permanently marred Officer Ian Hans Lichtermann's reputation and, for anyone knowledgeable of his history, made him a deadly embodiment of police-terror.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney jumped on board, denouncing the 16-year veteran-of-the-force and demanding for the creation of a tattoo policy.

“I am deeply offended by the tattoo and I think it is completely inappropriate for any law enforcement officer to have such a tattoo given its impact on those they are sworn to protect and serve,” Kenney said, according to the Philadelphia Tribune.

An internal affairs investigation concluded that Officer Lichterman’s tattoo did not violate any PPD policies.

“Since the investigation determined that the officer couldn’t be dismissed because PPD does not have a policy against tattoos, we will draft such a policy so this cannot happen again,” Kenney said, according to the Philadelphia Tribune.

The FOP first became aware of the impending policy in February of 2017, and asked to be able to negotiate the content.

PPD blew off the union’s request and implemented the policy the following month.

During the complaint process that ensued, the FOP noted that the tattoo policy was too “vague” and “overbroad,” the Philadelphia Tribune reported.

In its final decision, the PLRB determined that the policy sufficiently describes what types of tattoos are now prohibited.

Officer Lichterman left PPD in 2018, having served his department for 18 years.

He was subsequently hired as a captain with the U.S. Navy’s civilian police force, the Philly Voice reported.

Comments (50)
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flybynight
flybynight

Antifa tattoos are permitted./sarc

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

You can't allow the government to pick and choose which type of tattoos are banned; that would be exactly what the 1st Amendment is meant to protect us from. You can either allow all tattoos, or allow none. Each is completely just, but allowing all tattoos would be more consistent with the 1st Amendment.

I am okay with tattoos having to be covered while on duty. Dress code requirement, no biggy. Employers can demand all kinds of things during someone's voluntary employment.

Think about it. Is a Confederate flag tatt okay? How about a rainbow flag one? How about a Mexican one? How about a Blue Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter one? How about an American one. Either allow all (I like that), or allow none. It's the only thing fair to everyone, no matter the size or location of the tattoo.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

I completely agree; back in the late 60s and early 70s, many LE organizations would not hire a person with visible tattoos. All or nothing works and is much better than letting any passer by decide how to interpret your ink.

Anomie88
Anomie88

The "dancing" bear of illegal aliens, Jim Kenney, was offended by his tattoo. Most law-abiding citizens are offended by Kenney and his sniveling, lap-dog, Larry Krasner.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Officers with arms completely painted look unprofessional. Either allow it or don't. The tattoo this officer had of the Homeland didn't just appear the day someone decided to complain. It was there before and I'M sure the bosses were aware of it. Then, as usual, they overreacted. What a shock...

gfc1963
gfc1963

Trust some activist to twist this around to suit their own agenda.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Good, flush all the ghost skins out. People wearing tattoos like this should be killed in self-defense.

tfort
tfort

I don’t mind tattoos, but they shouldn’t be visible.

Sgt BB
Sgt BB

So, for example, if 99.99% of the population don't have an issue with an officer's tattoo, but one person interprets it as offensive, then the officer gets written up. That sounds perfectly reasonable.

floridacop
floridacop

so let's say a police officer has a tattoo of a cross with Jesus' name under it. I'm from a different religion and do not believe in Jesus. The tattoo offends me so that allows me to file a complaint against the officer and possibly have him in trouble

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

So if the tattoo praises some Communist leader - then will it be given a pass? Cause that seems to be the way things are going here.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Good grief what is next checking their underwear today make sure it doesn’t offend anyone.

chessie58
chessie58

He's proud of his ancestry, so what? You can be proud only if you're black? Really tired of people playing the race and victim card. Your life is what you make of it. Quit your bitching.

bronx163
bronx163

Philly like Shit-Cago, Baltimore, LA, Dallas, Newark NJ, Hartford CT, , are lib run cities that are controlled by far left anti cop groups like black lives matter and antifa pussies.

Just sit back let it all implode. Let the activists have their wish.

Put to bed pro active policing.

Reactive policing. Take a report and pick up your next job.