A Missouri Congressman has sparked public outcry after a painting that he has approved the presentation of the police was laid out as animals, on display in the U.S. Capitol building.
The painting, the high school senior David Pulphus, shows the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. after 2014, the death of Michael Brown. The piece Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo won.’s annual congressional art competition in may, and so they may have been selected to be displayed at the Capitol complex.
The piece shows two police officers, whose heads are replaced by animal heads, which seems to be a pig — target weapons on protesters, who say with the signs, “history” and “racism Kills.” In the background of a crucified black man in a graduation cap with the scales of justice.
Clay praised the piece in a press release in may, saying it “shows a colorful landscape of symbolic characters, the presentation of social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, and the obsolete elements of inequality in modern American society.”
To Review the Independent journal, which first reported the development, reported that the controversial piece now hangs in a tunnel between the U.S. Capitol and the Longworth House Office Building.
DC police have expressed their outrage over the image, calling it “offensive and disgusting.”
“In a time in our society when the voltages are so high that someone will be offended by a single word, this image has nothing, but also law enforcement to attack the authorities, to his core,” Andy Maybo, Chairman of The Fraternal Order of Police District of Columbia Lodge #1 , told The Daily Caller. “The fact that a member of Congress would support and praise, such a picture is reprehensible.”
Congressional Republicans expressed dismay over the decision to display the painting in the capital.
“It is disheartening to see that in this representation of the law enforcement in the hallway of our nation’s Capitol depends where officers, who daily work to protect our safety and freedoms, the” Republic of Dave Reichert, R-Wash., told to Give The Independent magazine. “Unfortunately, many people of influence have taken part in the promotion of the offensive and inaccurate caricatures of people, the most to protect our families.”
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