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Tattoo Shop Presents Flag to SPPD – Stevens Point City Times News

Posted in Tattoo Shop on Jul 08, 2017

Officer Trina James (left) with Sgt. Bob Kussow, holding up the Thin Blue Line flag presented to their department on July 5. Kussow said the department will place the folded flag in the SPPD dispaly case of the lobby. (City Times photo)

July 7, 2017

By Brandi Makuski

Stevens Point police got an unexpected morale boost on Wednesday, thanks to a local tattoo shop.

Sgt. Bob Kussow said the SPPD took in a donation of a Thin Blue Line flag an homage to law enforcement, both living and fallen from Invictus Tattoo artist Arturo Sosa on July 5.

Sosa, 30, grew up in Stevens Point but said he has a lot of family and friends serving as law enforcement officers in San Antonio, Texas.

Arturo Sosa (left), with his three-month-old daughter and Sean Labecki, stand before a Thin Blue Line flag inside Invictus Tattoo. (City Times photo)

I pretty much tattooed half the precinct down there, he said, laughing. But that laughter disappeared when he recounted a June 30 shooting at the San Antonio Police Department, during which his cousins partner,Officer Miguel Moreno, was killed during a traffic stop.

Sosa said he was deeply affected by the shooting, as was his employer, Invictus owner Sean Labecki. Despite spending some time on the wrong side of the law in their respective pasts, both men say they now carry a deep respect for law enforcement, and for the military.

A lot of people have opinions about law enforcement, but that fact is, when we need them, theyre there, regardless of the situation, Labecki said, then, shaking his head in dismay, said, We just had an officer gunned down in New Yorkyou hope that never happens here.

Sosa flies a Thin Blue Line flag on that back of his truck; a flag that was sent to him by law enforcement in San Antonio. He said its a constant reminder to himself, and hopefully those around him, of the sacrifice made by those in law enforcement every time they clock in for the day.

Sosa said while he said hes grateful for all local law enforcement, its the SPPD he knows best, which is why he donated the flag there.

He said he wanted us to have this because he wanted us to know there are still people who care about us, and thats very cool, Kussow said of the donation. Among other duties, Kussow serves on the departments Honor Guard, and has attended many law enforcement funerals across the country.

And he remembers both Labecki and Sosa from incidents several years ago.

It was great to see how much theyve both changed, Kussow said.

We called before we went [to the police dept.], and when we got there, it just happened to be Kussow who walked out, Labecki said, chuckling. And we couldnt have presented to a better person; someone who knows us fromnot our best point of view.

Every time I would hear about an officer being killed, or one of our buddies being injured, I put the flag up, whether I know them or not, Susa said. Its just my way of telling local police that I appreciate them; in my younger days, I didnt.

Invictus is located at2809 Post Rd. in Whiting.

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