Representative Duncan Hunter has had enough.
Hunter, who was a Marine, saw his duty and he did it.
From Fox News:
A Republican congressman took matters into his own hands Friday and personally removed a painting depicting police officers as pigs that a colleague had allowed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex.
“I was angry,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told FoxNews.com. “I’ve seen the press [reporting] on this for about a week or so. … I’m in the Marine Corps. If you want it done, just call us.”
Hunter said he unscrewed the artwork and delivered it to the office of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the congressman whose office allowed the piece to be displayed. The painting was done by a high school student and had won Clay’s annual Congressional Art competition in May.
The real question was why was this picture selected and hung in the first place?
The painting depicts Ferguson, the man nailed like Jesus on the cross has a graduation hat. Mike Brown was frequently pictured by media with a graduation mortarboard and described as someone who was off to college, not someone who had just robbed a store. In addition to depicting police as pigs and racists, the painting implies the police murdered Brown.
Any picture hung in the United States Capitol would imply the support of the government for its hanging there. So this is supporting attacks on police and accusing them effectively of a murder that has been disproved in court of law.
Needless to say, police were not happy when this story broke.
Fox News says 27,000 law enforcement professionals have protested the painting.
In an earlier statement calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove it, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York, and the San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Police Officers Associations said: “This false narrative portrays law enforcement professionals as posing a danger to the very communities we serve. That is untrue and this ‘art’ reinforces this false narrative and is disrespectful on so many levels.”
Rep. Hunter said Rep. Clay could try putting it back up, “But I’m allowed to take it down”.