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Texas Agency Bans Visible Tattoos in Wake of Officer's Off-Duty Murder

September 23, 2014  | 

Officer Julian Pesina (Photo: Balcone Heights PD)
Officer Julian Pesina (Photo: Balcone Heights PD)

A San Antonio-area city has banned visible tattoos for municipal employees at work four months after an off-duty officer was killed outside his tattoo parlor.

The Balcones Heights City Council approved the ordinance Monday night, the Associated Press reports. It's based on a similar measure used by the San Antonio Police Department.

Three men have been arrested and charged with murder in the May shooting death of Officer Julian Pesina (puh-SEE'-nuh). The officer had a number of tattoos and investigators are looking into whether his slaying was related to gang activity.

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132&Bush @ 9/23/2014 7:56 PM

This is stupid. So many potential officers now have arm tattoos baring them from being officers is stupid.

GP Cobb @ 9/23/2014 8:17 PM

I have an old wrinkled body, that said it is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I chose not to deface it. YMMV.

TheRookie @ 9/23/2014 9:58 PM

Have two tattoos. One on left lower forearm & one on right elbow/bicep area. Wished I hadn't made that dumb azz mistake 40 years ago.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/23/2014 11:09 PM

Where do these people get these crazy ideas about officers having visible tattoos.

Daniel Sanchez @ 9/24/2014 9:40 AM

Tattoos are a visible message: "I am a low-life." That fact understood, while Chiefs have no constitutional right to forbid tattoos or refuse to hire tattooed applicants, they certainly have the right to create professionalism by requiring long sleeve shirts.

When I was in the service I met many people who regretted getting inked. Never met one who thought that a tattoo improved his life. In my branch, very few officers had any tattoos, while plenty of enlisted had them.

Brad obanion @ 9/24/2014 5:54 PM

Having the last name "Sanchez" is a visible message " I am a low life "

ANMLCOP @ 9/24/2014 8:57 PM

Good one Brad!!!

EODK9Trainer @ 9/25/2014 7:12 AM

I am on the side where I believe tats visible while in uniform is not projecting a professional appearance. I'm not say an officer is not a professional if they have tats but I don't like them when visible. I know I'm a dinosaur compared to the new officers but that's just my opinion.

Dave B @ 9/25/2014 10:12 AM

Let us extend this logic a little further. An off-duty officer gets shot outside of a bar, is the city going to ban all municipal employees from drinking alcohol?

Back to tats, have them, will get more. Know a couple of people who reget getting one, know many people who show theirs off.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/26/2014 1:53 AM

The officer owned the Tattoo parlor he was murdered out side of but I can hardly see the Tattoos as cause for murder. In the south, religious organizations that are hyper to enforce religious laws all agree homosexuality is an abomination, however in that same book anyone with a tattoo is also and abomination defiling their body as an insult to God. Tattooing is subject to the same punishment from God as people that are gay. I have never understood people that have Tattoos wanting to force their religious beliefs on someone else when they themselves do not follow their own religious laws. "Do as I say, not as I do." Either way, I honestly don't care what people do to or with their body as long as they leave me alone. The military used to ban visible tattoos but even they don't enforce that rule anymore. With the ex-military being the main segment of society that police departments hire from I can't see them excluding potential applicants based upon them having tattoos.

John @ 9/27/2014 9:03 PM

All I can say Is I am retired from the Army with tattoos,and I am far from a low
life, Daniel sanchez maybe you should choose your words more wisely,are is that to much for you low life. You must have been x-navy you know braggers and bullshitters as the Army and marine corp would say.

w minson @ 9/29/2014 2:45 PM

John, I was navy and Army I have no tats Had one but had it removed, as well, so lets not bash the Service or the people in it as you are a pin head for thinking that. It is a fact people will judge a book by its cover and not the value it brings inside. tattoos are still and could be considered free speech. My employed told me i should have my tattoo removed to be considered for advancement I removed it still didn't get advanced. But i know what he was getting at.

132&Bush @ 10/2/2014 8:32 PM

Lots of Dinosaurs on this site not to mention people who are shall we say are very bigoted to anyone not of their narrow faith. Be that as it may. Tattoos are now a common and accepted part of culture. Departments will quickly have to accept that many of there best potential recruits will have sleeve tattoos and will have to wake up to it being the 21st century.

DeAnn @ 11/20/2014 1:37 PM

If a person judges you by what you look on the outside it speaks volumes for that person low caliber... And from the low caliber comments on this thread in regards to people that have tattoo's I can see why the world is in such terrible condition.... Tattoos are part of the culture today and quite honestly some of the best ppl I know have them -

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