A controversial painting that many democrats consider “art” is being proudly hung in the nation’s Capitol Building. The painting depicts officers as pigs with guns terrorizing a black neighborhood. The artist who made this distasteful anti-cop painting, David Pulphus, claimed the painting is meant to bring racial injustice to the front line of America. Others see the painting as simply distasteful.
The St. Louis American describes what the painting is inspired by. “The painting is an interpretation of the months of unrest that took place in the region in response to the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown Jr. by then-Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014.”
At the back of the painting, there is a group of unruly protestors marching towards the officers in an aggressive manner – reminiscent of events that transpired in Ferguson.
Many argue that the painting is disrespectful to officers of the law who protect the men and women throughout this country and disrespect the difficult job of police officers everywhere.
A former law enforcement officer, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) called the painting a caricature. “It is disheartening to see this depiction of law enforcement hanging in the hallway of our nation’s Capitol where officers work everyday to protect our safety and freedoms. 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. 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.”
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) praised the painting in a press release: “Tonight, we are celebrating our sixteenth year of recognizing outstanding young artistic talent. As you can see from the artwork on display here, the level of talent is truly impressive. Your work is inspiring, and I encourage all of you to continue to develop your creative abilities.”
Clay also said the piece of art is the “most creative expression that I’ve witnessed over the last 16 years” during remarks on the House floor.
The painting was first noticed after a group of police officers crowded around it. They looked at the painting in dismay, then walked back to their post, continuing to protect the very citizens that depict them as farm animals.
A senior Republican congressional aide also blasted the artwork simply saying, “It’s just sad.” 25 yards away stand Capitol Hill officers hard at work passing people through metal detectors, continuing to do their job even in the face of such disrespect.