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Cincinnati cop fired after he got ‘Pure’ and ‘Evil’ tattooed on his knuckles

A Cincinnati police officer fired for insubordination after tattooing the words “Pure” and “Evil” on his knuckles fights to get his job back.

Former Cincinnati police officer Eric Wayda, 50, had the words “Pure” and “Evil” tattooed on his knuckles in December 2021.

The tattoos violated a department policy that prohibits officers from getting tattoos on their face, neck, head or hands.

According to police disciplinary documents obtained by: WLWTin addition to a violation of department policy, the questionable ink was also considered unprofessional.

Former Cincinnati police officer Eric Wayda, 50, is appealing the police's decision to detain him after he tattooed the words 'Pure' and 'Evil' on his knuckles in December 2021

Former Cincinnati police officer Eric Wayda, 50, is appealing the police’s decision to detain him after he tattooed the words ‘Pure’ and ‘Evil’ on his knuckles in December 2021

But Weyda argued that he was not meant to convey that he is

But Weyda argued that he was not meant to convey that he is “pure evil” personally, but rather symbolic of the struggle between good and evil.

“Officer Weyda’s tattoos are an ongoing and permanent violation,” the Cincinnati Police Department wrote. “In addition, Officer Weyda’s tattoos do not promote the professional and neutral image of the Cincinnati Police Department and damage public confidence.”

After the discovery of the tattoos, Weyda’s supervisors transferred the 50-year-old to the ward’s seizure “as a temporary measure to limit his exposure to the public,” disciplinary files said.

But even then, the department received a complaint from a city salesman about his knuckle tattoos, officials said.

At a pre-disciplinary hearing in April, Weyda said he didn’t regret getting his knuckles tattooed, but admitted he made a poor placement choice, saying: “I made a bad decision because of the tattoos on my knuckles.” to have it set.’

Weyda, who told investigators he has tattoos that cover 95 percent of his body, refused to have the tattoos removed because of the cost.

He also argued that he was not meant to convey that he is personally “pure evil,” but was symbolic of the struggle between good and evil.

Four months after getting the tattoos, Weyda was released from the Cincinnati Police Department for disobedience and failure of good conduct

Four months after getting the tattoos, Weyda was released from the Cincinnati Police Department for disobedience and failure of good conduct

Quite simply, a police officer's hands should be seen as a symbol of safety and security rather than a provocative message of depravity and harm,

Quite simply, a police officer’s hands should be seen as a symbol of safety and security rather than a provocative message of depravity and harm,” said CPD Captain Craig Gregoire.

“To be honest, they have meaning to me, not just where they are, but what they say,” he said.

But CPD Captain Craig Gregoire said the tattoos sent the wrong message about Weyda’s intentions as an officer of the law.

Quite simply, a police officer’s hands should be seen as a symbol of safety and security rather than a provocative message of depravity and harm,” Gregoire wrote in a pre-disciplinary summary of the hearing, adding that “the message of Officer Weyda also has the very real potential to cause extraordinary damage to relations with the police community, both locally and nationally.”

Four months after getting the tattoos, Weyda was fired from the department for disobedience and lack of good behavior.

Weyda has since appealed to the Fraternal Order of Police.

“The FOP represents all Cincinnati police officers when they participate in the grievance process outlined in our collective bargaining agreement,” FOP President Dan Hils said in a statement. “Every officer has the right to a fair trial and that’s what’s going to happen here.”

Weyda was heavily tattooed when he joined the department in 2006, but still adhered to CPD procedures.

In 2013, the department updated its tattoo protocol – candidates with tattoos on their face, head, hand or neck will be disqualified – with some exceptions for pre-existing neck tattoos.

According to the department, Weyda was well aware of the policy, but chose to ignore it and, in addition to the tattoos on his hands, received “irregular geometric patterns” on his head and neck.

Weyda was also charged with other violations, including absenteeism and swearing on phone calls, WLWT.com reported.

2020 was his worst year, with his attendance being deemed “unacceptable” and his customer service, grooming and clothing, and teamwork being rated “needs improvement.”

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