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Court: Tattoos no reason to arrest cop career

The Local · 29 Nov 2012, 16:55

Published: 29 Nov 2012 16:55 GMT+01:00

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A wannabe cop whose application to join the North Rhine-Westphalia force was turned down because of the large tattoos on his arms - showing a dog and a Mexican death mask - appealed against his rejection and won.

An administrative tribunal in Aachen ruled that the blanket ban was excessive and violated the man's personal rights.

Officials had argued that large visible tattoos undermined police neutrality, hence rejecting the man's application.

But the judge decided that his ink work was not reasonable grounds to deny him access to public service.

The man's emergency appeal against his rejection this summer had allowed him to take part in the selection process, but he failed for other reasons. However, he said he was determined to try again in 2013.

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20:54 November 29, 2012 by TheCrownPrince
Oh great, cops with large body tattoos. So much for state authority. Not so long ago tattoos were only worn by sailors, prisoners and pimps.
21:24 November 29, 2012 by Wobinidan
Millions of people have tattoos, for whatever reason. Unless they're displaying messages of hate on their skin, who cares?

Btw, the above comment about sailors, prisoners and pimps is hilarious. Welcome to the present, "TheCrownPrince", it might have changed a bit since you were frozen in time 100 years ago.
07:22 November 30, 2012 by pjnt
Tatoos have long since become body art and not just a sign of rebellion. Since police are public figures in the highest form of responsibility, covering any would be appropriate while on duty. All good here.
17:44 November 30, 2012 by StoutViking
Tattoos are no longer carry the same hedonistic meanings they did in the past. The only problem I can see in this is with an undercover cop. Tattoos are normally unique and one get easily spotted/recognized and have their cover blown.
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