Photos have recently emerged of Philadelphia police officer Ian Hans Lichtermann with visible Nazi tattoos on show.
The tattoos were photographed as he worked at a ‘Black Resistance March’ during the Democratic National Convention in July.
Lichtermann’s tattoos include a Nazi eagle and a tattoo of the German word for ‘Fatherland’, as well as “For God and Country”, the motto of the American Legion, a Fascist organisation. It was also reported that he had a tattoo of an Iron Cross.
The Police Department will investigate the tattoos, saying that it “does not condone anything that can be interpreted as offensive, hateful or discriminatory in any form”, yet the head of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 has said the tattoos are “not a big deal”, claiming “I see people with panthers on their arm. Doesn’t mean they are Black Panthers. People with crosses on arms doesn’t mean they dislike any other religion”.
A local antifascist organisation also revealed that he had been exposed as being a member of “Blood & Honour”, a fascist online network started by English neo-Nazi Ian Stewart.
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