Tattoo on Facebook aimed at cop lands gang member in jailby: MARY LYNN SMITH and RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
Cop saw it as a threat from gang figure; ACLU disagrees.
Nov. 12, 2012
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A graphic tattoo and Facebook post aimed at a Minneapolis police officer have landed a St. Louis Park man in jail.
The Hennepin County attorney charges that the tattoo Antonio Frasion Jenkins Jr., 20, put on his arm and on Facebook was a terroristic threat against the officer.
[...]The tattoo on Jenkins' left bicep depicts a person holding a semi-automatic handgun with the barrel of the gun partially in the mouth of a pig, according to a criminal complaint. The tattoo includes the officer's name (although it's misspelled), his badge number and an expletive directed at police. The Facebook post on Jenkins' page also includes a message about the tattoo: "My tattoo iz a pig get'n his brains blew out." According to the criminal complaint, 18 people gave the post a "thumbs-up" (or "like") response.
The officer, a 22-year veteran and a member of the gang investigation team, works in the Third Precinct, an area of the city that includes territory "traditionally claimed by the Bloods," the complaint said. The officer, who saw the Facebook post Oct. 30, considered it a direct threat against his life. His family is in "fear as a result," the complaint said.
Jenkins is charged with "terroristic threats (for the benefit of a gang)" which carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.