Fed-up with having to look at a piece of artwork that’s been hanging in the Capitol complex for months, US Congressman and Marine Corps vet Duncan Hunter dealt with the problem directly, as Marines often do.
“I was angry,” Rep. Hunter told Fox News. “I’ve seen the press [reporting] on this for about a week or so. … I’m in the Marine Corps. If you want it done, just call us.”
The picture depicts police officers as pigs in uniform aiming their guns at African-American protesters. One of those protesters is also pictured being crucified while holding a scale of justice.
Friday morning, Hunter and a few other colleagues reportedly unscrewed the picture and delivered it to Congressman Clay’s office. The office of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., allowed the piece to be displayed in the first place.
The painting has been hanging in the halls of the US Capitol building for more than 6 months. The 18-year-old high school student from St. Louis, who created the piece, won Clay’s annual Congressional Art competition.
The “Artistic Discovery” contest is described as a “competition established to encourage and recognize the creative endeavors of our Nation’s high school students.” But law enforcement groups and other members of Congress were outraged over this particular piece.
The president of The Fraternal Order of Police District of Columbia Lodge #1 told the Daily Caller last week: “This piece of art, which depicts officers as pigs, is both offensive and disgusting. During a time in our society when tensions are so high that someone can be offended by a single word, this painting does nothing but attack law enforcement to its core. The fact that a member of Congress would advocate and praise such a painting is reprehensible.”
Numerous law enforcement agencies called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove the painting before Friday. The LA Police Protective League and Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York, among others, said in a statement: “This false narrative portrays law enforcement professionals as posing a danger to the very communities we serve. That is untrue and this ‘art’ reinforces this false narrative and is disrespectful on so many levels.”
IJR first reported on the controversial artwork 8 days ago in an article entitled: “Painting of Cops as Pigs Hung Proudly in US Capitol.” The untitled work of art was supposedly symbolizing the unrest that followed the deadly shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the article stated.
It’s unclear whether the painting will stay down. Hunter told Fox News, “Lacy can put it back up, I guess, if he wants to … but I’m allowed to take it down.”
“You’ve got to respect our men in uniform and what they do,” he said.
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