PA “Hero” is a Nazi . . . Literally

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Or at least, very much wants to be one.

Untersturmfuhrer Hans Lichterman (yes, really) has a tattoo of the Reichsadler (German eagle) on his forearm, with “Fatherland” stenciled above. He also likes to dress up as an … SS Untersturmfuhrer and pretend he’s the real thing:

Via the Philly Voice:

The Internal Affairs investigation cleared Lichterman of any violations, closing the case in December, police said. They did not respond to follow-up questions inquiring whether any specific determinations were made about the tattoos.

Meanwhile, nearly five months after the controversy erupted, police brass have yet to deliver a promised tattoo policy for its ranks.

Photos of the tattoos, posted to Facebook by Evan Parish Matthews, showed a German eagle beneath the word “Fatherland” on Lichterman’s left arm. The post indicated the photos were taken on July 26, 2016 at Philadelphia’s #BlackResistanceMarch during the Democratic National Convention.

The eagle appears to resemble one depicted in the Nazi Party’s partieadler emblem, a symbol included in the Anti-Defamation League’s “Hate Symbols Database.”

That symbol features an eagle with outstretched wings, its head pointed left, and holding a wreath containing a swastika. The photos of Lichterman’s tattoos did not show whether his eagle was perched on a swastika.

Mayor Jim Kenney, who previously called the tattoos “disturbing” and “incredibly offensive,” released a statement that voiced the same reaction. But without an existing tattoo policy,  Kenney said police could not dismiss Lichterman.

During a series of hacks against Neo-Nazi websites that took place between 2010 and 2012, emails and other identifying information belonging to members were leaked. By some amazing coincidence, an email address belonging to Officer Lichterman and an address matching the house he lives in with his wife (who is also a Philadelphia police officer), along with some photos of him in full Nazi uniform while taking part in war re-enactments, just happened to be included in those leaks:

…during a period from 2010-2012 there were several successful hacks of Neo-Nazi websites that led to the identification of dozens of Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists.

One of the more interesting cases was that of Ian Hans Lichterman. Lichterman was listed as a member of Blood and Honour, an international network of Neo-Nazi organizations started by Ian Stuart Donaldson, the lead singer of Skrewdriver. Upon some investigating, it was discovered that Lichterman was also a Philly PD officer who had even recently been commended at a crime stoppers awards ceremony. The e-mailed listed alongside his name with the leak,, seemed to refer to Lichterman’s badge number, 3155. The address that was also leaked with the name and e-mail is owned by Lichterman and his wife, fellow Philly PD officer Susan Bevidas.

Shortly after the hack, Lichterman appeared to leave the Philly PD and to be working as a private security contractor (mercenary) in the middle east, presumably using his connections from his time as a Marine. However, members of the media have noted that during this time Lichterman was still on Philly PD payrolls. So either the move was a ruse because people had been calling Philly PD asking about him and his affiliations… or he was kept on the books while working abroad for some reason. Recently, at the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice’s march during the DNC, someone noticed that one of the bike cops working the event had some shady tattoos. That cop has been identified as Ian Lichterman, back on duty in Philly.


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  1. I’m wondering, if I had to chose just one of the following to be concerned about, which would I chose. Now, I am going to dislike both, but which would be worse:

    The one with the swastika….or the one with a hammer and sickle.

    Chose just one. Which would bother you more?

      • Eric, don’t get me wrong: This Lichtermann character is vile. That he might have powers of arrest is disgusting.

        But I tire of the Nazi/swastika thing constantly used as the epitome of evil, when the communists were far worse and for a much longer period of time, including today. They’re still at it in places like China, North Korea and Cuba.

        The Black Book of Communism…written by French leftists of all people, was a great catalog of communist mayhem and death. After reading it, you’ll wonder what the Hell is all the attention with the Nazis. The communists made them look like kindergarten class.

        • Agree, Aljer –

          It’s not just the body count differential, either. As vile as Nazism was, the fact is that unless you were unlucky enough to be among the various categories of undesirable people or overtly challenged the regime, you probably didn’t have to worry about being dragged away in the night to a ditch or an oven.

          But in Soviet Russia, everyone – even members of the ruling elite – could be taken away tomorrow. For no specific reason at all. That is truly terror.

          And brilliant – from the standpoint of aborting any nascent opposition by keeping everyone in a state of paralytic fear.

          Hitler was a sentimental softie compared with Stalin.

        • Venezuela may not be quite communist, but it sure is uber-socialist. Hugo and Fidel had a mutual admiration thing going.

  2. He isn’t threatening to burn down Jewish bakeries or pizzarias or destroy places like SweetCakes or get people fired like Brendan Eich (over CA Prop 8). unlike the LGBTQ community. Ought I fear this “nazi” or the leftists who have proven they will destroy people?

    As long as he is doing his assigned job (which I can argue with), and not trying to destroy people he disagrees with, I may disagree with him, but don’t really care.

    I can’t say that about those who lack tattoos, but will burn down and blow up things like in Berkeley, even people with a make BITCOIN great again hat or were simply bystanders.