San Diego Congressman Removes Student Painting From Capitol Hill Wall After Complaints it Was Offensive

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A controversial painting that depicts police officers as animals was removed Friday from a Capitol Hill wall by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) following complaints that it was offensive.

A painting by a student that depicted a police officer as an animal had hung on a Capitol Hill wall for months before it was removed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) following recent complaints that it was offensive. (Credit: Congressional Art Competition)

A painting by a student that depicted a police officer as an animal had hung on a Capitol Hill wall for months before it was removed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) following recent complaints that it was offensive. (Credit: Congressional Art Competition)

Joe Kasper, chief of staff for the congressman, said Hunter personally took down the painting and delivered it to the Washington office of Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), who had sponsored the student competition won by the painting’s creator.

“It made a very strong statement today, and there’s been an outpouring of support,” Kasper said of his boss’ action.

Law enforcement agencies had called for the painting’s removal, and several officers came to Hunter’s office Friday to thank him, Kasper said. The Peace Officers Research Assn. of California and the Fraternal Order of Police also put out statements in support of Hunter, he said.

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