Antonio "Savage" Jenkins' tattoo of "pig get'n brains blew out" leads to criminal charge

Categories: Crime, Police
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Jenkins' tattoo misspells Officer Seidel's name.
Just over a week after news broke that the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples have hits out on all Twin Cities cops, an alleged member of the Bloods faces a terroristic threats charge for his new tattoo.

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On October 31, Antonio "Savage" Jenkins posted a photo of his new tattoo on Facebook. As the Pioneer Press describes it, the tattoo "depicts a person holding a pistol to the mouth of a pig dressed in a Minneapolis police uniform with the badge of officer Jeffrey Seidel." Jenkins' Facebook caption reads: "My tattoo iz a pig get'n his brains blew out." The post received 18 "likes."

The post was noticed by a Hennepin County deputy who then notified Minneapolis police.

Here's some more information from an MPD press release:
After being notified of the tattoo and posting [Officer Jeffrey Seidel] stated that he did take this as a threat against his life and that it had caused fear among the members of his family.

In early November the defendant was stopped by police and the tattoo was observed. In a statement the defendant admitted where and when he had gotten the tattoo and that it stemmed from anger against the officer for an August 19, 2011 incident [it's unclear exactly what transpired back in August 2011]. The defendant further admitted that his tattoo could cause others to use violence against the officer.

Investigators are also aware that in late September, in an apartment frequented by Bloods street gang members, graffiti was found that also threatened the same officer.
It's certainly unusual for someone to be charged with a crime thanks to a tattoo, but in a PiPress interview, Dale Carpenter, a constitutional law instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School, says Jenkins' tattoo crosses the line into unprotected speech.

"It would constitute, in my view, what's called a 'true threat' under the Supreme Court's First Amendment decisions," Carpenter said. "It's a serious threat to the health or life of another person and such statements, no matter what form they're made in -- written, verbal, put on Facebook or put on your body -- it is unprotected."

But the ACLU's Chuck Samuelson disagrees with Carpenter's assessment. From the Star Tribune:
[Samuelson] conceded that police have a known bad guy who is indicating strong disapproval of this police officer. "But to make the stretch to terroristic threats is a big leap," Samuelson said. "For terroristic threats you have to brandish a gun or a gun lookalike. ... Basically we have someone making fun of the police."

"Bad manners, you bet," he said. "Criminal? No."

"The fact that they arrested him and threw him in jail and then charged him," Samuelson said, "could be interpreted as harassment by the police and the county attorney."
The terroristic threats charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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bseidl182
bseidl182

That is my dad, I am Benjamin Seidl, they spelled our last name wrong, I was little when this happened and my dad told me his nickname and my nickname is Savage but not anymore, I am training for law enforcement, my dad did not deserve this

bikerbda1
bikerbda1

Michele Bachmann put a target on her opponents heads and posted it for the world to see now that could have inspired a violent act, did she ever get arrested?  Different strokes for different folks! 

keny1
keny1

And now that the elections are over, Minneapolis is back to its regularly scheduled programming...........

 

Keep on importing them from Chicago!   Diversity:  Embrace it!

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Again with Aaron showing his racism!! I know there is a white gang banger out there that he's ignoring!!

Kenosha 'Kenny' Washington
Kenosha 'Kenny' Washington

Ummm how about we investigate the Officer???? Granted, Dude is an idiot for the tat. But people don't put outjust put out public hits on Cops "just doing there jobs". U have 2 opposing Gang Factions making threats to a Specific Cop! There r also unknown n undisclosed encounters between this Officer n these gang members. Come on people, he's A DIRTY COP that's why he's scare!!!

Kenosha 'Kenny' Washington
Kenosha 'Kenny' Washington

Blonde Rebel ur a DUMB as they typically say Blondes are!!!! Keep Racist ur Comments to urself!!!

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Like I said until you walk in the families the terror is being directed at ,, you have NO idea, yes, I have been on that end twice now, Chris Welton its not a black or white issue so leave it... The guy wants to kill a cop , doesn't matter what skin color he has,,

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

"depicts a person holding a pistol to the mouth of a pig dressed in a Minneapolis police uniform with the badge of officer Jeffrey Seidel." please show me where it says the officers actual name on his tattoo. just badge number.

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

and it could have possibly been any cops badge number, if i picked a random set of numbers as a badge number, it could very possibly be a persons badge or not. if it were a white dude with a black person hung up on a tree or something or a slogan "kill all darkies" that would be fine cause its freedom of speech, but because it makes some white people uncomfortable its a no no.

Eric Elvendahl
Eric Elvendahl

What if this had been a painting hanging in some nice gallery? Sure, it would have been a pretty shitty painting but it would be considered art. Some interesting grey areas here.

Kenneta Fabing
Kenneta Fabing

What makes it a threat is that this tattoo was not an expression of an ideal, concept, or cause, it was directed toward a SPECIFIC individual. A confederate flag is an ideal, the Westboro group is an ideal - as misguided as both may be.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

What about those with confederate flag tattoos?!

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

chris - the name of the officer was listed below the pig. Also the tattoo's owner has admitted that his tattoo may incited violence towards that officer. So no it is not free speech & neither is yelling fire in a crowded movie theater.

Aus Tin Padilla
Aus Tin Padilla

Thats free speech to me, if nazis and gang members are allowed to have swastikas and BKs why is this any different? Cops are the country's largest, most funded, and most violent gang... they terrorize their citizens and violate peoples' rights, I have no sympathy for these cops. Doesn't anyone remember how the St Paul police have cost about $1,000,000 to the tax payers in the last month over large civil suits...

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

totally free speech. if this is going to actually hold up, i want every person that has a confederate flag tattooed on them to be arrested for the same reasoning. THAT is a symbol of hate and does incite violence.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Until you have been on the end of the threats -and had to move your family out of state in the middle of the night , you have NO idea what terror they go through, I hope they chop the guys arm off!!!

Ben Schwelling
Ben Schwelling

This comes from Obama signing the ndaa. If you don't know what that is look it up

Brie MacDougall
Brie MacDougall

Wow. It seems like a gross violation of that man's constitutional rights. Westboro won their free speech case, but this man's tattoo is a legit threat? Symbols and flags that represent the murders of thousands are commonplace, I think they are treating him inconsistently and I don't think the charges will stick.

kenbip
kenbip

I wonder if Chuck Samuelson would feel different if the tattoo had his name on it....

 

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