Please consider supporting our journalism, and help keep our independent reporting free and accessible to all. What is the official emblem of the Marine Corps? The Marines Corps issued a statement condemning the use of the symbol and promised to investigate the incident. “When I became a police officer over 35 years ago I did not give up my first amendment right and neither did Nat Small,” Bieber said in front of hundreds of protesters. If a Scout Sniper tattoo offends you and others I would suggest a gut check of your intestinal fortatude and get some thick skin once again dictating what is … A Marine Corps Scout Sniper (MOS 0317) is a historical and highly desired position within the U.S. Marines. Nathan Small is the officer who sports the tattoo, a relic of his service in the US Marines. Join Facebook to connect with Jonathan Peters and others you may know. 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. Gen. Amos did a review of the regs and had the unit specifically ban this flag and others like it. The item consists of tattoos in the style of a Chinese dragon, accompanied by bracelets and various other trinkets. He added he would discuss the matter more in today’s 6:30 p.m. virtual town hall set by City Council. On Wednesday, June 24, WWPD Chief Scott Bieber spoke at a rally in support of Small, organized by local right-wing groups. They started using that tattoo in the 80’s until a few years ago. In the past few years, local law enforcement organizations have granted Small a number of distinctions. Many of the members of our mixed-race platoon received this tattoo in honor of our fallen teammate. A Walla Walla police officer’s tattoo for a Marine scout sniper is drawing controversy. 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. Jason Delgado is an accomplished Marine scout sniper, entrepreneur, tattoo artist, podcast host, and father. It looks like an Nazi SS tattoo. Patino’s status as scout snipers while in the Corps.”, “Understanding that some people might incorrectly infer otherwise from the tattoo if it were visible, officer Small wears and has always worn a long-sleeved shirt while on duty,” the statement said. “Neighbors have turned against each other and people are refusing to do business with those whose opinions differ. On June 4, 2020, a picture of me in a short sleeve shirt began circulating on social media referencing a tattoo that, I admit without context could be construed in ways never intended. Are you folks really going after a Marine because of a tattoo? The Champ Stamp is a community-created promotional cosmetic item for the Scout, Heavy, Engineer and Sniper. 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… #BlackLivesMatter #ACAB pic.twitter.com/qySUFgAEpe. He said the organization and its local Walla Walla clients needed to see the new design, know when he would have the alteration made and witness action taken against those who allowed the tattoo in the first place, specifically the police chief. Originally Posted By joshdb50: Originally Posted By Jerret_S: That looks like a skinhead tattoo 100%, if I didnt know the back story. At the time, the snipers adopted the double lightning bolt as their symbol. Racists and bigots always become indignant when called out for their racism and bigotry. Instead, the tattoo is described as a symbol that “embodies a combination of sorrow, guilt and perspective, earned in combat.” (An editor’s note has since been added to the article, explaining the controversial nature of the tattoo.). “I regret that I have been an unwitting cause of division in the community that I seek to serve. The same stylized double rune was the symbol of the SS, the Nazi organization that was instrumental in … “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. Quote History. 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. “If anybody here is from the paper, I know it’s after 5 o’clock, so I’m on my own time,” he said. 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. 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 Members of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which threatened a lawsuit several weeks ago when alerted to the tattoo, said they may still file a federal suit if Small doesn’t disclose how he plans to alter the tattoo and when. “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. Small’s use of the Nazi symbol is not an isolated incident. Military News Town Hall, Protest Planned over Former Marine's Scout Sniper 'SS' Tattoo A Marine enrolled in the Scout Sniper Team Leaders' … Its only single stage. More by Hakim Bishara. Founded in 2009, Hyperallergic is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Related: A Washington town is protesting its police department over a Marine veteran's 'Scout Sniper' tattoo. He knew exactly what he was doing, he’s not a 10 year old. “My actions are my actions alone, and not out of fear of repercussions, but rather in an honest effort to bring healing and unity to the community that I serve, in a time of great division,” he said. The double lightning bolt was the unofficial symbol of Marine scout snipers. YMMV. 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. 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. The tattoo combines a brass knuckles and the name of Small’s fellow Marines Claudio Patino IV, who died in battle in 2010 during their service together in Afghanistan. Also, vegas PD requires registration and explanation for all tattoos. Scout Sniper Tattoo – July 10, 2020. “Small, 31, is a former Marine scout sniper who served in Afghanistan in the early part of the last decade. He is the team's sniper, possessing genetic mutations that give him exceptional eyesight. He also said he didn’t make the decision to alter the tattoo to “avoid punishment or financial losses.”. The group’s spokesman, Michael Weinstein, also called for Police Chief Scott Bieber to be fired for wrongful exercise of his authority and wrongdoing in his response to the outcry surrounding the tattoo. 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. Scout Sniper Tattoo – July 10, 2020. Walla Walla police Officer Nat Small announced Wednesday he will alter his tattoo to remove the double S portion, the Scout Sniper memorial he has worn since 2010 that has been under recent community fire as a symbol of neo-Nazism. Sorry dude. 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 Eagle, Globe, and Anchor What is the significance of each the pieces of the Marine Corps emblem? Nat Small should be required to wear a Short-Sleeve shirt while on duty to identify himself as a HATER in the community. By Buck Sexton. 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.”. The tattoo on my forearm was an early and heartfelt memorial to my teammate. 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. Small said he got the tattoo in memory of a fallen Marine and friend who he fought beside as a scout sniper. In 2010, members of a US Marines sniper team in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag featuring the SS symbol. 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 … “There is simply no excuse available for Officer Nat Small to continue to sport this shockingly evil Nazi SS symbology on his left forearm,” Michael Weinstein, the founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said in a statement. This symbol came to fruition in a cube at Scout/Sniper Instructor School Quantico, Virginia; in the spring of 2001. It has been part of the unit’s history since at least 2004, according to the Marine Times. This morning, Bieber told the U-B he wasn’t aware of any communication from the foundation. See more ideas about usmc, sniper, military. 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. In 2012, the investigation concluded that the soldiers were acting out of ignorance and recommended no punishment. View All Quotes. Prior to my employment as a peace officer, I served as a Scout Sniper in the United States Marine Corps. Are you folks really going after a Marine because of a tattoo? In 2012 it was denounced by the Marine Corps. 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 ignorance is a point of pride, just as the cruelty is the point of the current administration’s right wing extremism. A follow-up statement from the city of Walla Walla welcomed Small’s decision and praised the officer’s “sensitivity to the concerns raised by members of our community.”. But after receiving a torrent of critical comments on the post, the WWPD deactivated its Facebook and Twitter accounts. For those reasons, I have decided to alter my tattoo to eliminate the ‘Double S’ portion.”. 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. It looks like an Nazi SS tattoo. 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. See more ideas about usmc, sniper, military. The only font he could possibly chose is the Nazi SS model??? 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. I have a friend who is a retired sergeant major who taught scout/sniper skills. You are aware that there are many people, places and things that use the abbreviation SS right? July 09, 2020. Back in the 90’s he told me the most worthless commie asses he ever saw in uniform were the officers being promoted and fast tracked under Clinton. While it recognized that the symbol is associated with Nazi Germany, the department claimed that it was “not the intent or denotation of the tattoo on Officer Small’s arm.”. Playing the victim by claiming their First Amendment right is being thwarted because a deliberately chosen symbol “means something different to me.” Wrong: like the confederate flag, SS bolts do not mean anything other than what they are just because you said so. Jonathan Peters is on Facebook. ©2020 Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Walla Walla, Wash.). From New York to HUSAYBAH . “They saw ‘SS’ and associated it with ‘scout sniper’ rather than the Nazis.” Although it was banned in 2012, the use of symbol still persists among Marines snipers, the New York Times reported. Hes a retired Marine. Viral photos show Nat Small, a police officer in Walla Walla and former US Marine scout sniper, with a tattoo featuring the double lightning bolt symbol associated with the Nazi SS corps (Schutzstaffel). Really? “The … Prior to my employment as a peace officer, I served as a Scout Sniper in the United States Marine Corps. 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. Scout Snipers receive specialized marksman training at the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. 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.”. The tattoo on my forearm was an early and heartfelt memorial to my teammate. Spelling Skout Sniper with a “k”, like in KKK? Update 7/9/2020 3:15pm EDT: Nat Small announced he will alter the tattoo to remove the double lighting bolt symbol. Leaders of the Walla Walla local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, have also criticized the WWPD for its inaction. 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. The controversy broke on June 4, when images of Small’s tattoo emerged on social media. “We regret the fact Officer Small’s tattoo has contributed to divisions within the community, and we hope his decision to change it will help to unite — rather than untie — us,” he said in the release. The double lightning bolt SS tattoo was informally adopted by some members of the elite group. That SS logo dates back to the 1980's. 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. EDITOR’S NOTE: The use of the double lightning bolt logo, like the one in the tattoo depicted with this story, by Marine Scout Snipers was an … 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 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. These are the guys who are now the generals and admirals condoning all this shit. Cause they're idiots! “My actions are my actions alone, and not out of fear of repercussions, but rather in an honest effort to bring healing and unity to the community that I serve, in a time of great division … I have seen my community divided, with good people on both sides of the aisle,” he wrote in his letter. Read next: The US military is losing the sniper war against Russia, Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin I regret that I have been an unwitting cause of division in the community that I seek to serve. The tattoo features the double lightning bolt symbol associated with the Nazi SS corps (Schutzstaffel), a murderous paramilitary group that pledged an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler and was instrumental in the execution of the Holocaust. “At the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Police Department, we do not tolerate or condone racism or anti-Semitism of any kind.”, In addition, the WWPD shared a 2012 interview with Small on the military journal Stars and Stripes. One of those residents is Elyse Semerdjian, a Professor of Islamic World and Middle East History at Whitman College, who shared a letter she sent to city officials with Hyperallergic. It wasn't until 2012 that it became a controversy. “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. Aug 6, 2014 - Explore Tristin Hedrick's board "USMC snipers" on Pinterest. 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