Congressman Duncan Hunter was not happy when he discovered a piece of artwork on display in the United States Capitol building that was shockingly offensive to police officers. Officers across the country protested the painting, and so Hunter took action. He removed the painting himself.
The artwork was an acrylic painting by David Pulphus, who said that he was inspired by the events of Ferguson. It was displayed at the request of Congressman Lacy Clay, who evidently thought it was appropriate for public display, despite the massive insult to police officers.
The piece, called “Untitled”, features a pig dressed as a police officer, pointing a gun at black protesters. A black man hangs on a cross, holding the scales of justice, while two birds — one white, one black — fight in the air. When Hunter saw it, he acted immediately, removing it from public display and taking it to Clay’s office. “I was angry,” he said simply.
Hunter didn’t attack Clay for the painting, saying that he is a “great guy”, but added, “you’ve got to respect our men in uniform and what they do.”
The removal of the piece won praise from law enforcement officials, who were rightly angered by the painting. Ron Hernandez, president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, said he was “very pleased”. “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.
Of course, a better question is why something like this was allowed to be displayed to begin with. But thankfully, Congressman Hunter put that to an end. Thank you, sir.