REAL HATE: Dem Rep Picks Out “Cops Are Pigs” Painting… Displays at U.S. Capitol!
A Missouri Democrat has approved a painting depicting police officers as pigs to hang in the U.S. Capitol building.
The congressman, Lacy Clay, chose the painting as a first place winner in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District as part of the United States Congressional Art Competition. The painting, done by David Pulphus, now hangs in a tunnel between the Capitol building and Longworth House office building.
What was so unsettling about Pulphus’ artwork was that it showed the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a police officer shot Michael Brown. According to reports, Pulpous depicted the cops as pigs in his artwork, showing two of them carrying guns while protesters march toward them carrying signs that read, “history,” “stop killing” and “racism kills.”
Clay reportedly praised the painting in a news release saying, “the painting portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society.”
Some members of Congress, including GOP Rep. Dave Reichert, were not happy with the painting being hung in the U.S. Capitol. Reichert, a former police officer, said, “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.”
Reichert added that an important goal of the government is to try to rebuild trust between the police and the communities that they work in.
“While I understand in some neighborhoods trust between police and communities has all but deteriorated, we must work on rebuilding these relationships and focus on our shared goals of peace and civility,” he said.
Congressman Clay could not be reached for comment.
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