Lawmakers from the Democratic Party plan to re-hang a painting that depicts police officers as pigs after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter removed the painting last week.
The Congressional Black Caucus along with Rep. Lacy Clay announced on Monday that they would re-hang the controversial painting on Tuesday morning in the Cannon Tunnel.
Since June, Rep. Clay’s office sponsored the display of the controversial student, until it was removed by Rep. Hunter.
“The rehanging of this painting for public view represents more than just protecting the rights of a student artist, it is a proud statement in defense of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression to every American,” Clay said in a statement. The statement also noted that the painting was “removed without permission or proper authority: by Rep. Hunter.
Last Friday, Rep. Hunter personally unscrewed and removed the painting from a wall in the capitol saying he was angered by its depiction of law enforcement authorities.
“Lacy can put it back up, I guess, if he wants to, but I’m allowed to take it down,” Hunter told Fox News.
Hunter then delivered the controversial painting to Clay’s office.
‘Reprehensible, repugnant and repulsive’
The acrylic artwork was made by high school student David Pulphus who had won Clay’s annual Congressional Art competition.
The painting depicts a pig wearing a police uniform pointing a gun at a black American protester. On top of the police shows two birds, one black, one white, then on the right a black protester is crucified while holding a scale of justice.
Police groups and unions highly objected the display of the controversial painting inside the Capitol. One police union even called it “reprehensible, repugnant and repulsive.”
Ron Hernandez, president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, said they are very “pleased” after the painting was removed on Friday.
“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,” Hernandez said.