Can Showing Gang Tattoos Constitute Criminal Threats?

Under Penal Code § 422, the statute prohibiting the making of criminal threats, it is a crime to threaten the infliction of great bodily injury or death to another or the immediate family of another.  The threat must be made with the specific intent that the statement, made orally or in writing or by electronic means, be understood as a threat.  In past cases, making a gesture toward another was considered sufficient to constitute a criminal threat.  What about showing a tattoo to another?  Is that sufficient to be a criminal threat?  Click on the following link to find out.

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