His 'Cops Suck' Tattoo Amuses Cops

All ended with a laugh in Maine
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2016 10:10 AM CDT
Bangor Police Department officer Keith Larby give a thumbs-up next to Russell Johnson, who has "Cops Suck" tattooed on his knuckles.   (James Burns)
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(Newser) – The Bangor Police Department posted an unusual Facebook photo Monday: It shows a smiling officer next to a man displaying a "cops suck" tattoo on his knuckles, reports the AP. It seems police approached Russell Johnson over the weekend and asked him to "move along from his chosen location." He obliged, and the tattoos came up in conversation. Johnson explained that he had gotten the ink years ago and now regretted it. He and the two officers laughed about it, and the image emerged.

"If this situation had been handled differently, it might have led to the handcuffing of our friend, Russell," says the post. "Handcuffing would have necessitated placing the man's hands very close together. Two words could have become a sentence. A sentence that would have confirmed exactly what Russell might have believed at one point in his past." The department has gained a reputation for its posts, including one about the complicated ownership of plaid shirts. (Read more tattoos stories.)

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