Democrats Rehang Anti-Police Painting in US Capitol

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Democrats Rehang Anti-Police Painting in US Capitol

Update: the officials in charge of the Capitol Complex have determined the anti-police painting violates the rules of the Congressional Art Competition and it will be removed permanently. Democrats have threatened litigation.

Original Story:

When Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter took down the offensive anti-police painting that Rep Clay put up, Capitol Police, the Fraternal Order of Police, and other officer’s groups thanked him. Rep Clay and several members of the Congressional Black Caucus rehung the work. But it didn’t even stay there for long and had to be rehung again after another Congressman took it down.

The Cannon Tunnel connects the Longworth Building to the US Capitol Building, and passes by a police checkpoint. Which means that police have to walk by that painting every day, usually more than once.

Fox News reported,

Clay insisted he is not “anti-police” and said he “does not agree or disagree with the painting” — arguing his intent is to defend the First Amendment rights of the 18-year-old artist, David Pulphus.

He argued the artist’s world view has been shaped by the “animalistic” behavior of police officers, particularly the recent, high-profile cases in which unarmed black males died in confrontations with police. 

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.”   

Rep.Lacy Clay filed a criminal complaint against Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Fortunately, Capitol Police are ignoring Clay’s request, first because the painting was returned to his office, not “stolen,” and secondly because they too are offended by the painting.

Taken down, up again (2)

The painting had no more than been rehung, when Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn took it down again and put it back in Clay’s office. Then Clay put it back up.

The reporter asked if the painting needed security,

Violation of the art competition rules

House Speaker Paul Ryan is looking in to whether the painting violates the rules of the art competition…which it clearly does. The rules state: “In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.” 

Looks like that’s a fit for “violation.”

anti-police painting

We previously reported on this anti-police painting being hung in the US Capitol building

Though taking down the painting unilaterally very well could be construed by some as a violation of “Free Speech,” the artist did NOT follow the rules of the competition.

Democrats always want to “have a conversation” about police. But their definition of “conversation” is mostly about their views, not the police officers’ expertise. Disagreement with their assessments is not allowed. It’s always the policeman’s fault no matter what happened.

 

Featured Twitter Photo by Cristina Marcos, reporter for The Hill

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Faye Higbee
Faye Higbee
I'm a published author of 4 books, numerous short stories, blogs and editorials. I've been working at Uncle Sam's since 2013. I have two degrees in Criminal Justice and worked for over 31 years at a local police department. I have been a patriotic American since I was a child.

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