- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas (AP) - A San Antonio-area city has banned visible tattoos for municipal employees at work four months after an off-duty officer was killed outside his tattoo parlor.

The Balcones Heights City Council approved the ordinance Monday night. It’s based on a similar measure used by the San Antonio Police Department.

Three men have been arrested and charged with murder in the May shooting death of Officer Julian Pesina (puh-SEE’-nuh). The officer had a number of tattoos and investigators are looking into whether his slaying was related to gang activity.

KENS-TV reports Balcones Heights Mayor Pro Temp Jack Burton says the new policy comes in response to the killing.

Tattoos must not be visible when any Balcones Heights municipal worker is on duty, including police, firefighters or other city employees.

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