The U.S. Capitol is no place for a painting like this.
St. Louis’ congressman, Lacy Clay, is standing firm in making a statement against police. After a fellow congressman removed a painting portraying police officers as pigs, Clay is calling for charges to be filed against him.
A controversial painting on Capitol Hill depicting a police officer as a pig was becoming the very definition of a political football Tuesday as Democratic and Republican lawmakers repeatedly passed it back and forth in a growing tit-for-tat.
Democratic lawmakers tried – twice – to put the painting back on display after a GOP colleague took it down Friday amid outrage from law enforcement groups.
But every time they did, it was taken down again. Most recently, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., took it down late Tuesday afternoon and brought it to the office of Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay, from whose Missouri district the picture came. Clay once again hung it up, saying he was “an expert at hanging artwork.”
Rohrabacher called the painting an “insult to all police.” It’s unclear whether House leadership or some other office will step in to resolve the dispute . . . Clay has said he wants Capitol Hill police to file theft charges against Hunter, who after removing the painting returned it to Clay’s congressional office. Clay said he has not heard from the police but does not intend to personally take legal action. Fox News has learned the Capitol Police are not expected to take up the probe.
Seriously? It’s unclear as to whether to step up and resolve this issue?
Mediaite lays out the origin of the events.
Every year, members of Congress hold an art contest for students in their districts. The members then pick their favorite and hang it in the corridor connecting the U.S. Capitol with the House office buildings. The painting picked by Missouri Democrat Lacy Clay depicts police officers with pig’s heads pointing guns at a black man with a dog’s head, while black men and women in the background protest.
When Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter saw news reports about the painting, he absconded with it with the help of “a few colleagues.” Hunter told Fox News that it made him “angry,” and that “the Congressional Black Caucus now stands for portraying cops as pigs in the US Capitol.”
Reps Rohrabacher/Babin take pigs/police painting back to Rep Clay's office. pic.twitter.com/VitINb0qJ2
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 10, 2017
FOX Insider reports the response from the Congressional Black Caucus.
The New Orleans Democrat who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus reportedly issued an expletive-laden threat to Republican lawmakers who continue to remove a painting depicting police officers as pigs from a Capitol Hill hallway, Politico reported.
Reacting to Rep. Doug Lamborn’s (R-Colo.) removal of the painting drawn by a then-high school freshman from Missouri, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said “we may just have to kick somebody’s ass and stop them,” the next time it is removed.
This is what they want to fight over?
A painting showing cops as pigs?