The controversial artwork depicting police as pigs will go back on display. The Congressional Black Caucus is preparing to rehang a painting that was removed from a Capitol Hill hallway display by Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter last Friday.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 10, 2017
The painting won a student artwork competition sponsored by Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo. The artwork is described on his website as “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.” Republican Rep. Hunter, angered by its depiction of police officers, removed the painting and delivered it to Rep. Clay’s office.
Rep. Clay made allegations that the removal was an act of “thievery.” Joe Kasper, an aide for Rep. Hunter, told Fox News that “Returning the painting to Lacy Clay for safekeeping — so it doesn’t continue to offend law enforcement across the country — is by no means theft. It’s absolutely laughable to pretend it is. I’m not sure Clay realizes how much he’s hurting his reputation — assuming he even cares — with law enforcement. But that’s his right.”
Law enforcement will have a new ally in the White House when President-Elect Trump is inaugurated next week. He tweeted a collage of pictures of himself with members of law enforcement yesterday, thanking them for keeping our communities safe “24/7/365.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2017