A Missouri congressman approved a painting that depicts cops as pigs to hang in the U.S. Capitol building.
The painting, done by David Pulphus, shows the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. after a police officer shot Michael Brown, reports the Independent Journal Review.
Pulphus depicted the cops as pigs in his artwork. Two of the officers carry guns while protesters march towards them carrying signs that read “history,” “stop killing” and “racism kills.”
Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown after Brown charged him multiple times and tried to reach for his gun Aug. 9, 2014. The slogan “hands up, don’t shoot” pushed the false narrative that Brown had his hands up at the time of the shooting.
The painting was chosen on behalf of Democratic Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay as part of the United States Congressional Art Competition. Pulphus’ artwork won first place in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, so his painting now hangs in a tunnel between the Capitol building and Longworth House Office Building.
Clay praised the painting as a “colorful landscape of symbolic characters” in a press release.
“The painting portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society,” the press release stated.
Some Congress members are displeased with the painting’s presence in the U.S. Capitol.
“Unfortunately, many people of influence have taken part in promoting offensive and inaccurate caricatures of the very people who do the most to protect our families,” Washington GOP Rep. Dave Reichert, a former police officer, told the Independent Journal Review.
Reichert added that it’s most important to try and rebuild the trust between police and the communities they work in.
“While I understand in some neighborhoods trust between police and communities has all but deteriorated, we must work on rebuilding these relationships and focus on our shared goals of peace and civility,” he said.
Clay could not be reached for comment.
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