Complaint filed against Philly cop for apparently Nazi-inspired tattoos

Complaint filed against Philly cop for apparently Nazi-inspired tattoos
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An activist who snapped photos of a Philadelphia police officer with apparently Nazi-inspired tattoos on his arms has filed a complaint against him, saying the tattoos violate the department’s code of conduct and questioning his continued employment.

Evan Parish Matthews, who took the photos of Officer Ian Hans Lichtermann at the Black Resistance March on July 26 during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, posted the images on Facebook Wednesday night, along with the text of a complaint he said was filed against the officer.

“The idea of being stopped, questioned, arrested, or of even passing this officer on the street, Nazi insignias inscribed on his body with needle and gun, tattoo in plain sight, in a dominant placement on his body, is, in its most literal and modern sense, terrifying,” the complaint reads. “If Philadelphia police officer Lichtermann was to put you in a chokehold, you would be staring directly at a PPD uniform and the insignia of Adolph [sic] Hitler’s Nazi party.”

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