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10-Jan-2017 - Last week Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA and Marine) personally unscrewed and removed a controversial painting depicting of police officers as pigs that has been hanging in the U.S. Capitol building since last June.
Hunter said he was angered by its depiction of law enforcement officers, then personally delivered the painting to Rep. Lacy Clay's (D-MO) office.
Yesterday the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Clay, whose office for months had sponsored the display of the student artwork, announced that Clay and CBC members will “rehang” the piece today in the Capitol's Cannon Tunnel.
“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,” the statement said, noting it had been “removed without permission or proper authority” by Hunter.
Hunter, R-Calif. replied, “Lacy can put it back up, I guess, if he wants to but I’m allowed to take it down.”
The acrylic painting depicts a police officer as a pig in uniform aiming a gun at African-American protesters. Above the scene, two birds -- one black, one white -- fight, and beside them, an African-American protester holding a scale of justice is crucified.
Law enforcement groups had strongly objected to the painting’s display on the Capitol complex grounds, with one group calling it “reprehensible, repugnant and repulsive.”
Lacy Clay is now claiming he'll press theft charges against Rep. Hunter saying Hunter "had no right to take that picture down". Daily Caller states Clay told reporters Monday night that police spoke to his chief of staff earlier in the day and have not been helpful to the congressman in his quest to file charges against Hunter.
Wow ... just wow.
Come on we all need to get along, and did the person who hung the painting have permission to hang it. I am not getting into this
Looks like painting may have trouble staying on wall in U.S. Capitol. Per Fox News ... Democratic lawmakers tried – twice – to put the painting back on display after a GOP colleague took it down Friday amid outrage from law enforcement groups.
But every time they did, it was taken down again. Most recently, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., took it down late Tuesday afternoon and brought it to the office of Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay calling the painting an “insult to all police.”
... Rep Hunter said Tuesday before the painting was rehung: “It doesn’t belong in the U.S. Capitol. It’s that simple. It violates the rules of the art competition. You cannot have offensive things in the competition and this does.”
He said the rules do not allow paintings with "sensationalistic" subjects or those that depict "contemporary political controversy."
... Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga. told Fox News he wants Congressional officials to replace the painting with a poster of all of the names of police officers who have been shot and killed.
It’s unclear whether House leadership or some other office will step in to resolve the dispute.