Philly officer with tattoo resembling Nazi emblem is cleared

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 1, 2017 2:10 AM

A screenshot of images posted on the Facebook page of Evan Parish Matthews along with text alerting the public that an official complaint was filed against Officer Lichtermann (Image via Evan Parish Matthews/

(Philadelphia) -- A Philadelphia police officer with an eagle tattoo resembling a Nazi emblem has been cleared of wrongdoing.

The police department says an internal investigation cleared the officer last month and he remains on the job.

Mayor Jim Kenney was among those criticizing the officer's tattoo after images surfaced on social media last August. He called it "incredibly offensive."

The forearm tattoo shows a spread-winged eagle under the word "Fatherland."

Kenney reiterated his stance Tuesday, saying it's inappropriate for officers to have such tattoos given the "impact on those they are sworn to protect and serve."

He says the investigation determined that since the department doesn't have a tattoo policy, the officer couldn't be dismissed.

The mayor adds the city "will draft such a policy so this cannot happen again."

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