A 20-year-old St. Louis Park man was charged today in Hennepin County District Court with one count of making a terroristic threat allegedly for posting a picture of a tattoo that he had done on his left bicep on his Facebook page that depicts a pig wearing a police hat and uniform and the name of the officer on the uniform patch.
The tattoo on Antonio Fransion Jenkins Jr.'s arm depicts a person holding a semi-automatic handgun with the barrel of the gun partially in the mouth of the pig, according to a criminal complaint.
Below the officer’s name is a swear word and the gang member posted a comment on the Facebook page saying “My tattoo is a pig get’n his brains blew out.” The comment cites the badge number and the officer's first inital and last name.
The criminal complaint filed Thursday said that the officer is a Minneapolis police officer and a member of the department’s gang investigation team. He is assigned “in a territory traditionally claimed by the Bloods.” Jenkins is a member of the Bloods street gang, the complaint said.
The complaint also said that the officer “interpreted the posting to be a direct threat against his life.”
Jenkins told police he had the tattoo done on Oct. 30 and that he was angry with the officer for an incident that occurred on Aug. 19, 2011, in St. Louis Park. The details of that incident are not explained in the document. The document notes another incident that occurred on Sept. 30 of this year “where graffiti was located within an apartment commonly used by members of the Bloods street gang." The graffiti uses a swear word preceding the officer’s name.
Jenkins is charged with “terroristic threats (for the benefit of a gang” which carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.