Congressman Plans to Rehang Offensive Painting in Tuesday Ceremony

Rep. Lacy Clay; Photo: Laurie Skrivan via stltoday.com

Rep. Lacy Clay; Photo: Laurie Skrivan via stltoday.com

Congressman Lacy Clay (D-MO), along with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, plan on rehanging a controversial painting -- one in which police officers are shown as pigs -- in a ceremony Tuesday morning. 

The event will take place at 10 a.m. in the Cannon Building tunnel.

The painting had been hanging in the tunnel -- the winner of a congressional art contest -- until a few days ago when Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) took it down himself and returned it to Rep. Clay's office. 

The painting had drawn the ire of police organizations across the nation.

Americans in Support of Law Enforcement president Scott G. Erickson wrote in the Daily Signal that is was unfortunate that Clay and others seemingly had "no issue with broadly disparaging an entire profession of men and women, from all backgrounds and walks of life, who literally risk their lives on a daily basis to provide safe and secure communities."

Rep. Hunter's office indicated that he would not remove the painting again should the rehanging ceremony occur; however, Congressman Steve King (R-IA) has said he will propose a resolution calling for its removal. 

"It is just a sick demonstration of a piece of our culture that is not patriotic, it does not support American values, and undermines the cultural continuity of the United States of America," King said.

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