Gang member charged for threatening tattoo

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Antonio Jenkins, Jr., known member of the Bloods street gang, was charged with making a terroristic threat for the benefit of a gang Thursday, the Pioneer Press reports.

20-year-old Jenkins posted a picture on Facebook in late October of a new tattoo that depicted a person holding a pistol to the mouth of a pig dressed in a Minneapolis police uniform displaying the badge of officer Jeffrey Seidel, The Pioneer Press said.

According to Dale Carpenter, who teaches constitutional law at the University of Minnesota Law School, the tattoo isn't protected under the First Amendment if the police version of events is true. "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," he said.

Police stopped Jenkins in early November and officers observed the tattoo. Jenkins reportedly admitted that the tattoo could lead to violence against the officer, according to KARE 11.

The Pioneer Press reports that this threat and others have been allegedly made in retaliation for the death of a reputed gang member who was shot by St. Paul police during a drug investigation in October.

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