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July 11, 2008

Police tattoo bans called 'unreasonable'

Ed. Note: In the story that follows, Maj. David Lillard says, "Fifteen years from now tattoos may become so accepted that it won't even be an issue. But right now it is." Much the same way that the beard ban in Texas has generated a lively discussion in the comments area, we think this item will attract opinions on both sides of the issue. Police officers are individuals who wear a uniform – a built-in dichotomy that is reflected in matters like tattoos and facial hair. Sound off below!

By Tom Alex
The Des Moines Register

DES MOINES, Iowa — Chris Morgan loves his job, but he hates that he has to go a little more undercover.

The West Des Moines police officer must wear a long-sleeved shirt when it's 90 degrees outside - all because of the tattoos on his forearms.

Full story: Police tattoo bans called 'unreasonable'

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