Inflammatory Art Depicting Police as Animals Approved to Hang in U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON D.C. – A Missouri congressman has sparked outrage after a painting he approved depicting police officers as animals was placed on display in the U.S. Capitol building, reported Fox News.

The artist, David Pulphus, was a high school senior. His work shows the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. after the 2014 death of Michael Brown. The piece won Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo.’s annual Congressional Art competition in May, and so was selected to be displayed at the Capitol complex.

The piece depicts two police officers, whose heads are replaced by animals aiming guns at protesters who are carrying signs saying “History” and “Racism Kills.” In the background is a crucified black man in a graduation cap holding the scales of justice, according the Fox.

The animal heads depicted on the bodies of officers are open to derogatory interpretations.

Last May, Rep. Clay commended the artwork saying it “portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society.”

The Independent Journal Review, which first reported the development, reports that the controversial piece now hangs in a tunnel between the U.S. Capitol building and the Longworth House Office Building.

Police in the nation’s capitol expressed outrage at the image, calling it “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,” Andy Maybo, president of The Fraternal Order of Police District of Columbia Lodge #1, told The Daily Caller. “The fact that a member of Congress would advocate and praise such a painting is reprehensible.”

Republicans in Congress expressed displeasure with the decision to display the painting in the Capitol.

“It is disheartening to see this depiction of law enforcement hanging in the hallway of our nation’s Capitol where officers work everyday to protect our safety and freedoms,” Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., told The Independent Journal Review. “Unfortunately, many people of influence have taken part in promoting offensive and inaccurate caricatures of the very people who do the most to protect our families.”

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Poetic justice would find Clay getting a home invasion by some thugs, he’d call police but wires would get crossed and he’d reach a pig farm where the farmer would think it was a joke and just laugh at him.

exactly. And if someone wanted to do some type of art depicting Mohammad in a bad way,We all know that art work would never be displayed as we are not allowed to show Mohammad in a bad way. But this garbage depicting law enforcement in a bad way is all okay

Clay is a closet communist but his District is basically black which is why he keeps getting reelected

Imagine the races reversed and a painting of Chicago black gang members with animal heads shooting children of all colors; of break ins and carjacks; hang that in the capitol.


WASHINGTON — A U.S. Capitol painting that grabbed national attention after depicting police officers as pigs has been taken down.

Rep. Duncan Hunter told Fox News that he personally took down the painting after his colleague let it stay on display. Related article

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“I was angry,” Hunter said. “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.”

Hunter told the publication Clay is a “great guy,” but “you’ve got to respect our men in uniform and what they do.”

The painting, which had been up in a Capitol hallway since June, received criticism from over 27,000 law enforcement members who called the art a “reprehensible, repugnant and repulsive” painting.

Ron Hernandez, president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, said in a statement the display of the painting was not acceptable and they are pleased with the removal.

“At a time of our country facing rising crime and a shortage of those willing to work the streets as police officers and deputy sheriffs, we need to make it clear that depictions of law enforcement officers as pigs in our Nation’s Capital is not acceptable.”


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