Family of Twin Cities gang member says pig tattoo was satire, not threat

The family of a known Twin Cities gang member charged with a felony after posting on Facebook a tattoo that allegedly threatens a police officer said Friday the man was merely expressing frustration about the officer. Minneapolis police say Antonio Jenkins Jr., 20, of St. Louis Park posted the photo in late October showing a tattoo of a pig dressed as a Minneapolis police officer with a person holding a gun in the pig’s mouth.
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The family of a known Twin Cities gang member charged with a felony after posting on Facebook a tattoo that allegedly threatens a police officer said Friday the man was merely expressing frustration about the officer, the Star Tribune reported.

Minneapolis police said Thursday that Antonio Jenkins Jr., 20, of St. Louis Park posted a photo on Facebook in late October showing a tattoo of a pig dressed as a Minneapolis police officer with a person holding a gun in the pig’s mouth.

The tattoo included the name and badge number of a specific officer that actively works with the Bloods street gang.

Jenkins' family members said the man is covered in tattoos and the latest one was satire of a cop no one likes, the Star Tribune reported.

The charges -- which could result in a five-year prison term -- has drawn criticism from a local civil liberties advocate, the paper said.

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