A St. Louis man is in jail after posting a picture on Facebook of a graphic tattoo aimed at a Minneapolis police officer, news sources report.
Antonio "Savage" Jenkins Jr., 20, was charged after a tattoo depicting a person holding a pistol to the mouth of a pig dressed in a Minneapolis police uniform with the badge of Officer Jeffrey Seidel appeared on Facebook, Pioneer Press reports.
The Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that Frasion's tattoo on his arm and on Facebook is a specific terroristic threat against the officer, Star Tribune reports.
Jenkins is a reputed member of the Bloods street gang and currently on probation for armed robbery. On Thursday, he was charged with making a terroristic threat for the benefit of a gang, Pioneer press reports
The arrest follows a report made a week ago for Minneapolis and St. Paul police to be on heightened alert after learning that Gangster Disciples street gang members were threatening to kill an officer, Pioneer Press reports.
Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, says "while the images are disgusting and disturbing, they're not criminal," Star Tribune reports.
""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," Star Tribune reports.
As to if it's protected speech or a terroristic threat is still under debate, news sources reports.