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Senior Art Student Hangs Up Paintings Showing Cops As Pigs

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

A senior college art student came under fire after his paintings showing cops as pig showed up in a student art exhibit.

Students are complaining about Sacramento State College senior Jason Lewis’ artwork that depicts cops as pigs in a campus art exhibit, Sacramento CBS Local reported Tuesday.

“Police officers they put on a uniform and go out to work every single day, and to view them or perceive them as something like this, it’s pretty upsetting,”Arianna Perez, a grad student who plans to have a career in law enforcement, said.

One of Lewis’ paintings shows a cop as a pig with a bandana over his eyes and shooting randomly, while another has “F*ck the police” painted across it. Lewis began painting a year ago to depict his feelings about police brutality.

“Not all cops are to blame for the situation, but I’m basically just trying to bring attention to the fact that there are a lot of bad cops out there,” Lewis said.

The college seems to be supportive of the Lewis’ artwork, saying art is supposed to express more than one viewpoint.

“Art often prompts dialogue and conversation and expresses a variety of opinions,” Sheree L. Meyer, Dean of The College of Arts & Letters at Sacramento State, said.

A Democrat congressman hung a picture of cops depicted as pigs in a Capitol Hill building earlier last year. It was taken down after the architect of the capitol deemed it inappropriate.

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