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Chicago Fraternal Order of Police To Fight Tattoo and Baseball Caps Bans

The Chicago Police Department has quietly made changes to its uniform policy, requiring that on-duty officers cover up any tattoos and banning them from wearing baseball caps.

The department’s largest union, which represents rank-and-file officers, quickly voiced its opposition, saying the department should have first negotiated the changes before making any announcement. A number of officers also spoke out against the move, saying their tattoos are part of their identities. The department was sympathetic to officers with tattoos commemorating their military service but ultimately decided it was too “difficult to draw a line.”

“Too many uniform variations became available, making Chicago police officers less immediately identifiable to the public,” said police spokeswoman Jennifer Rottner.

But the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 said Tuesday it plans to file an unfair labor practice complaint with the Illinois Labor Relations Board over the new directive.

“It remains the lodge’s position that the dress code policy is a mandatory subject of bargaining, especially when it impacts current officers who have visible body tattoos and/or body brandings,” FOP President Dean Angelo wrote to union members in a letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Tribune.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Source: www.chicagotribune.com

Fundraiser Illegally Solicited for Tennessee Law Enforcement

An Arkansas man is facing $57,500 in penalties for illegal solicitation of contributions for Tennessee law enforcement groups.

According to the secretary of state’s Division of Charitable Gaming, a yearlong investigation found that Gaylon Boshears, his organizations or his agents violated Tennessee law by failing to register with the state and file required financial reports.

Investigators found Boshears’ Southern Sports & Events Marketing engaged in at least seven unapproved charitable campaigns. Those raised money for the Hendon-McClanahan Lodge #54 of the Fraternal Order of Police in Murfreesboro, Columbia Police Explorers and LaVergne Fraternal Order of Police.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a news release that it if solicitors don’t follow the law, it can be hard to know whether donations made it to the intended recipients.

Source: www.newschannel9.com

Cautionary: even if your intentions are good, don’t break the law because of ignorance