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Philadelphia police are investigating after an officer was spotted in a Facebook post with a tattoo that resembles Nazi insignia.

Facebook user Evan Matthews wrote that the photograph was taken at a July 26th Black Lives Matter rally during the Democratic National Convention. Visible in the photograph is a tattoo of the word “Fatherland” and an eagle, which was the emblem of the Nazi party.

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The photograph has been shared more than 8,000 times since it was posted on Wednesday. It has also spread on Twitter.

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Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney called the tattoo "incredibly offensive."

Philadelphia police said on Thursday that they are aware of the photo and they are investigating.

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“The Department does not condone anything that can be interpreted as offensive, hateful or discriminatory in any form,” the Philadelphia police said in a statement on Facebook. “This is a very sensitive topic for both the citizens that we serve as well as the officers providing service to the public.”

The Anti-Defamation League told CBS News that although the images are associated with neo-Nazis, it does not necessarily mean the officer shares those ideologies. Nancy Baron-Baer, the ADL regional director, recommended more education among police and the community about these symbols.

According to census figures updated in 2015, Philadelphia is 44% black, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 7% Asian and 2.5% mixed-race. Whether the officer supports Nazi ideology or not, a tattoo that resembles the insignia for racial purity seems misguided at best. At worst, having an officer sworn to protect anyone—and especially the people of a diverse city—with hate speech tattooed on his arm is dangerous.