The Eagle Has Branded

Officer Ian Hans LichtermannPhiladelphia Police Officer Ian Hans Lichtermann is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division after a photo of his tattoos were shared on social media. The tattoo is that of a German eagle with the word “Fatherland” above it. The officer is question has now been branded a Neo-Nazi by the Social Justice Warriors (SJWs).

I figured I’d beat everyone to the punch and comment on this before people accuse me of ignoring – in my opinion – this nothing story.

The Police Department also said its Internal Affairs unit would review the photo, which began circulating on social media Wednesday night. It showed a bike-patrol officer with a tattoo on his left forearm of an apparent spread-winged eagle resembling a symbol used by the Nazis, and above it the tattooed word Fatherland in Gothic letters.

Giving Lichtermann the benefit of the doubt, you cannot see a swastika in the photo provided, and the German eagle has been a prominent symbol of the area since the 1500’s. Of course, our idiot mayor believes police officers are guilty until proven innocent, and immediately declared Lichtermann a Nazi.

“The imagery on display in the tweet is disturbing,” [Mayor Jim] Kenney said in a statement, adding: “In this environment — in which open, honest dialogue between citizens and police is paramount — we need to be building trust, not offering messages or displaying images that destroy trust.”

This from the man who claimed the shooting of Officer Jesse Hartnett had nothing to do with Islam, immediately after the Islamist claimed he committed the crime in the name of Islam.

In a text message, John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, wrote of the photo: “I’ve seen it. It’s an Eagle. Not a big deal.”

“City not concerned neither are we,” McNesby wrote before Kenney’s statement. “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.”

Officer Lichtermann is a 16-year veteran with, what I’m told, a spotless record. It’s doubtful the tattoo is fresh, so his supervisors and coworkers must have been well aware of it, and it has never been a problem until now. Now I do not know Officer Lichtermann, and it is possible he may have Neo-Nazi leanings. It’s also possible he is simply a man who embraces his German heritage.

As for me? I’m the type of guy who expects more evidence than a tattoo before branding someone a Neo-Nazi.