Painting depicting police as animals rehung in U.S. Capitol but Rep. Duncan Hunter says he won't pull it down again


Painting depicting police as animals rehung in U.S. Capitol but Rep. Duncan Hunter says he won't pull it down again
  1. Painting depicting police as animals rehung in U.S. Capitol but Rep. Duncan Hunter says he won't pull it down again
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Painting depicting police as animals rehung in U.S. Capitol; Rep. Duncan Hunter says he won't pull it down again

Sarah D. Wire
An award-winning student painting that depicted a police officer as an animal had hung in the walls of Congress for months before it was removed by Rep. Duncan Hunter following recent complaints. (Congressional Art Competition) An award-winning student painting that depicted a police officer as an animal had hung in the walls of Congress for months before it was removed by Rep. Duncan Hunter following recent complaints. (Congressional Art Competition)

The controversial painting depicting police officers as animals that California Rep. Duncan Hunter removed from a Capitol hallway Friday was rehung Tuesday by members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

House Republicans are working through official channels to have it removed permanently and Hunter (R-Alpine) will not personally pull it down again, Hunter's chief of staff, Joe Kasper, said.

"Sometimes you have to do things like that to draw attention of people and get it taken down," Kasper said. "Mission accomplished."

The painting, which was the winner of an annual art competition for high school students, depicts a clash between police and protesters on a street. In it, gun-wielding officers have heads that resemble boars, while one protester appears to be a panther or wolf, and people on the street hold signs that read “History,” “Justice Now” and “Racism Kills.”

The painting is among hundreds that line a block-long tunnel used by visitors and members of Congress to travel between the House office buildings and the Capitol. It has been hanging for six months. A conservative site raised recently raised it as a problem.

"The U.S. Capitol, especially in this corridor ... is not a modern art museum," Kasper said. "It's not the right place to have anything that calls attention to polic…

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