A portrait hanging in the U.S. Capital that depicts police officers as pigs made one Republican congressman so mad that he took it down and returned it to the congressman who allowed it to be displayed.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-CA, and a few of his colleagues unscrewed the portrait from the wall and personally delivered it to the office of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the congressman who had it hung there in June.
“I found it offensive. I think its offensive to the men and women who protect our country. I was in the Marine Corps,” Hunter told USA TODAY. “The U.S. Capitol is not the right place.”
The painting that was featured in a Congressional art competition was done by David Pulphus, a high school student from Clay’s district.
Many police officers were offended by the painting, and were happy to hear that Hunter removed it.
According to Fox News, more than 27,000 law enforcement officers have protested the painting, calling it “reprehensible, repugnant and repulsive.”
“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,” said Ron Hernandez, president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.
It’s unclear whether Lacy will have the painting re-hung, but Hunter said if he does, he’s “allowed to take it down.”
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