It looks like an Nazi SS tattoo. #BlackLivesMatter #ACAB pic.twitter.com/qySUFgAEpe. Weinstein said in an email after Small’s announcement that his organization had not decided yet to pull the plug on their planned federal lawsuit but “guardedly commends Walla Walla police Officer Nat Small for his just-announced decision to remove the hideous Nazi SS symbol from the prominent tattoo on his left forearm.”. Hyperallergic is a forum for serious, playful, and radical thinking about art in the world today. “We need to put an end to this debate now because an SS tattoo should not be a debate, not anywhere,” Semerdjian, who also heads the Syrian Studies Association, wrote in her letter. “Neighbors have turned against each other and people are refusing to do business with those whose opinions differ. “At one point, the tattoo on my arm was so important to me, that in my young mind, I would have done anything to keep it,” Small said in a statement. My personal intent was nothing more than to honor my fallen teammate, with what was a common symbol within the Scout Sniper community at the time. As arts communities around the world experience a time of challenge and change, accessible, independent reporting on these developments is more important than ever. He knew exactly what he was doing, he’s not a 10 year old. He is also a co-director at Soloway Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn. In February 2012, U.S. media reported that Marine scout snipers had been using the double Sig rune (ϟϟ, "SS") in its " Armanen " form () to symbolize their function since at least the 1980s. The facts and history of the tattoo matter.”. The controversy broke on June 4, when images of Small’s tattoo emerged on social media. Jason Delgado is an accomplished Marine scout sniper, entrepreneur, tattoo artist, podcast host, and father. It looks like a scout sniper tattoo. A Marine Corps Scout Sniper (MOS 0317) is a historical and highly desired position within the U.S. Marines. Small said in the letter Wednesday that in his younger years he “might have done anything to keep” the ink and “would have let pride interfere with” his success. The protest is in response to the double lightning bolt “SS” tattoo on officer Nat Small, a former Marine whose “Scout Sniper” memorial tattoo uses the … The double lightning bolt was the unofficial symbol of Marine scout snipers. Small added that he reached the decision on his own and that he wasn’t pressured to remove the tattoo by the Walla Walla Police Department (WWPD) or the Washington city. This morning, Bieber told the U-B he wasn’t aware of any communication from the foundation. A US Marine scout sniper unit in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag resembling the logo of the Nazi SS, the Marine Corps says. I have a friend who is a retired sergeant major who taught scout/sniper skills. Walla Walla police Officer Nat Small announced Wednesday he will alter his tattoo to remove the double S portion, the... By Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Leaders of the Walla Walla local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, have also criticized the WWPD for its inaction. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that was vocal against the Nazi flag incident in 2010, is now threatening to file a lawsuit against the city of Walla Walla and its police department unless they take action to address Small’s tattoo. Kyle Carpenter... Get the latest in military news, entertainment and gear in your inbox daily. In the past few years, local law enforcement organizations have granted Small a number of distinctions. Small’s use of the Nazi symbol is not an isolated incident. The Champ Stamp is a community-created promotional cosmetic item for the Scout, Heavy, Engineer and Sniper.The item consists of tattoos in the style of a Chinese dragon, accompanied by bracelets and various other trinkets. Weinstein said his organization has clients representing various Jewish, LGBTQ, people of color and related communities in Walla Walla who expressed disappointment “that the city allowed this issue to go on so long and especially the role of the Police Department headed by the blatantly incompetent police chief, Scott Bieber.”. Join Facebook to connect with Jonathan Peters and others you may know. Scout/Snipers are the same, some would get a tattoo with a reticle and SS in it or around it with the words “Kopfjäger”, the German word for headhunter perhaps attached to it, or something associated with skulls. The Champ Stamp is a community-created promotional cosmetic item for the Scout, Heavy, Engineer and Sniper. Ultimately, Weinstein said, his organization and clients in Walla Walla want Bieber fired for both misfeasance and malfeasance for his actions. Scout Sniper Tattoo – July 10, 2020. 0351 was his MOS and the SS stands for scout sniper. In the letter Wednesday released by the city, available in full online at ubne.ws/officersmall, Small said he will alter his tattoo, which features brass knuckles over the double S and includes the name of his fallen comrade killed in 2010 in Afghanistan. Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism. “If anybody here is from the paper, I know it’s after 5 o’clock, so I’m on my own time,” he said. Aug 6, 2014 - Explore Tristin Hedrick's board "USMC snipers" on Pinterest. Hes a retired Marine. “And when I became a police officer over 35 years ago, I did not give up my First Amendment right and neither did Nat Small.”, He also said, “I’m not going to lie to anybody and say we are perfect. Why are these snipers claiming to use the SS symbol? The “SS” Schutzstaffel has a history of Nazi anti-Semitism and white supremacy. The only font he could possibly chose is the Nazi SS model??? Aug 6, 2014 - Explore Tristin Hedrick's board "USMC snipers" on Pinterest. The Walla Walla City Council declined to comment but has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to address law enforcement issues in the city in response to the controversy. My tattoo was inked in 2010, and I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2011, prior to the public outcry in 2012. Update 7/9/2020 3:15pm EDT: Nat Small announced he will alter the tattoo to remove the double lighting bolt symbol. sniper, warrior, teacher. A US Marine scout sniper unit in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag resembling the logo of the Nazi SS, the Marine Corps says. “The WWPD’s response has been reactionary and defensive, eroding the trust of our community,” a statement by the synagogue reads. The Marine Corps on Thursday once again did damage control after a photograph surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of … The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a private nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization, in June threatened a federal lawsuit against the Walla Walla Police Department and others responsible if one of three things didn’t happen: removal of the tattoo, alteration of the tattoo or removal of the officer from duty. It looks like an Nazi SS tattoo. You'd expect a force commonly derided as a "Chair Force" to rank pretty high on a list of U.S. service... Members of the “Fighting Blacklions” strike fighter squadron... Medal of Honor recipient Marine Cpl. When he covers his tattoo on the job, but ventures to the store, off duty and in short sleeves, the man in line behind him at the store is far more likely to see a Nazi than a Scout Sniper… For about a month, local residents of Walla Walla have held rallies and sent hundreds of letters and emails to the local city council and the police department urging them to address the employment of Nat Small, a former US Marine scout sniper and current member of the local police force. For those reasons, I have decided to alter my tattoo to eliminate the ‘Double S’ portion.’”, The city of Walla Walla stated in its release that it appreciated Small’s “sensitivity to the concerns raised by members of the community, and welcomed his decision to change his tattoo to better uphold the trust residents place in him as an officer in the Walla Walla Police Department.”. He escaped the dangers of life in the streets of the Bronx only to battle for his life in Iraq during two combat tours as a Marine scout sniper. But after receiving a torrent of critical comments on the post, the WWPD deactivated its Facebook and Twitter accounts. Founded in 2009, Hyperallergic is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Small combined the symbol with a picture of brass knuckles and the name of Claudio Patino IV, according to an article in Stars and Stripes. I’m not saying that we should necessarily believe anything they say, but it seems obvious that the article should at least clearly present their claim. The ignorance is a point of pride, just as the cruelty is the point of the current administration’s right wing extremism. Officer Small, a Marine Corps veteran, said the “SS” stands for “Scout Sniper,” and the tattoo is a tribute to his fallen comrade and friend in the unit. From New York to HUSAYBAH . In an article published by The Guardian in 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Upton said “Use of the SS symbol is not acceptable.” “The two S’s under the rest of the tattoo is a recognition of both officer Small’s and Cpl. Marines got tattoos of it back in the days until the chain of command 'discouraged' it. Sorry dude. “Officer Small says that the tattoo means something else to him personally, but no one gets that creative license with a symbol of hate responsible for the death of six million Jews and millions more. My tattoo was inked in 2010, and I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2011, prior to the public outcry in 2012. The United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association is non-partisan, nonprofit, tax-exempt, veterans’ service organization under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code. Military News Town Hall, Protest Planned over Former Marine's Scout Sniper 'SS' Tattoo A Marine enrolled in the Scout Sniper Team Leaders' … They adopted the SS logo for 'scout sniper.' Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, A Washington town is protesting its police department over a Marine veteran's 'Scout Sniper' tattoo, The US military is losing the sniper war against Russia, View Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin's articles. The WWPD has not responded to Hyperallergic’s repeated requests for comment. The protesters held signs in support of Small and the police and chanted “Keep the tattoo.”, Walla Walla, Washington: hundreds of people came out to support a local cop with an SS tattoo. Friend sends me a picture of Nat Small, officer with the Walla Walla Police Department, and tattoo aficionado pic.twitter.com/2H8aRzv0JU, “We are aware officer Small has a tattoo in honor of his deceased fellow Marine scout sniper, Claudio Patino IV,” the force said in its now-deleted statement. Officer Small, a Marine Corps veteran, said the “SS” stands for “Scout Sniper,” and the tattoo is a tribute to his fallen comrade and friend in the unit. View Quote View All Quotes. The item consists of tattoos in the style of a Chinese dragon, accompanied by bracelets and various other trinkets. Scout Snipers receive specialized marksman training at the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. He added he would discuss the matter more in today’s 6:30 p.m. virtual town hall set by City Council. I have even seen some HOG’s get branded with a hot piece of hand-made wire and heated with the SS lightning bolt brand. Prior to my employment as a peace officer, I served as a Scout Sniper in the United States Marine Corps. Bieber gave a short speech to his crowd of supporters that June 24 evening. Please consider supporting our journalism, and help keep our independent reporting free and accessible to all. Scout/Snipers are the same, some would get a tattoo with a reticle and SS in it or around it with the words “ Kopfjäger ”, the German word for headhunter perhaps attached to it, or something associated with skulls. Quote History. In February of 2019, the Walla Walla Crime Watch, a volunteer-based local organizer, awarded Small the “2018 officer of the year” award for his “stellar performance at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy – bringing home every award given and in doing so ‘Returning to WWPD with Honor.’” Small’s supporters also herald him as a war hero; he was awarded the United States Armed Forces Bronze Star with a “V” device for his service in Afghanistan during 2010. Small has been a police officer since November 2018, but was a Scout Sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps beforehand, when he was sent abroad to fight for the U.S. I have even seen some HOG’s get branded with a hot piece of hand-made wire and heated with the SS lightning bolt brand. The article highlights Small’s tattoo but fails to address the Nazi history of the insignia it’s based on. YMMV. Racists and bigots always become indignant when called out for their racism and bigotry. “I don’t think an explanation is going to help some people,” he said. You are aware that there are many people, places and things that use the abbreviation SS right? The hourlong protest is a prelude leading right up to Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. Council meeting as a message over the double lightning bolt “SS” tattoo on officer Nat Small, a former Marine whose “Scout Sniper” memorial tattoo uses the same symbolism for Nazi white supremacy. The tattoo on my forearm was an early and heartfelt memorial to my teammate. Also, vegas PD requires registration and explanation for all tattoos. This symbol came to fruition in a cube at Scout/Sniper Instructor School Quantico, Virginia; in the spring of 2001. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service. More by Hakim Bishara. The Walla Walla metro area leans conservative; however, a group of concerned local residents continues to push for measures against Small ahead of the planned town hall meetings. The WWPD is expected to provide more information on the decision during a town hall on law enforcement scheduled for later today, June 9. “MRFF and our Walla Walla clients were horrified by the police chief’s blatant Christian proselytizing from the back of that vehicle during the recent public protest and where he made it clear that only one person in human history was ever ‘perfect’ who walked the face of the earth; obviously a direct reference to Jesus Christ,” he said. 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