A U.S. lawmaker from Missouri has placed a painting depicting police officers as animals on display in the U.S. Capitol building, according to a number of police officials who contacted Conservative Base’s editor.
The artwork was painted by a Missouri high school senior named David Pulphus. It dramatically shows the violence and destruction in Ferguson, Mo. after the 2014 killing of Michael Brown by a police officer. The shooting is blamed for the days of protests, rioting and looting of neighborhood stores.
The graphic painting won the annual Congressional Art competition sponsored by U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay in May 2016. As a reward for winning the competition Pulphus’ painting is being displayed at the nation’s Capitol complex.
The picture intentionally denigrates law enforcement by depicting two police officers with the heads of animals — one of which appears to be a pig, a throwback to the term “pig” used by radicals such as Bill Ayers and his fellow radicals to describe police officers. The two cops in the painting are seen aiming their sidearms at protesters who are carrying signs saying “History” and “Racism Kills.”
What is even more disturbing is the image in the painting that clearly depicts a crucified black man wearing a high-school graduation cap holding the scales of justice.
“The so-called ‘artwork’ is nothing more than recycled agitprop that these 1960s retreads are exhuming in order to intentionally create division and distrustamong the American people,” said former police officer and U.S. Marine Mike Snopes. “The media neglects to mention that both the artist and his lawmaker-sponsor are both African American, a group that’s always used as cannon-fodder for the Democratic Party, which would go bankrupt without angry blacks, Latinos, Muslims and other protected minorities,” Snopes said.
Clay praised the piece in a press statement claiming that it “portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice, the tragic events in [sic] Ferguson, Missouri and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society.” He failed to mention was that the Ferguson shooting entailed a police officer being attacked by a young man who was 6’8″ tall and weighed over 300 lbs. Clay also failed to note that the deceased had robbed a store earlier.
The media watchdog, Independent Journal Review reported that the controversial piece now hangs in a tunnel that connects the U.S. Capitol building and the Longworth House Office Building.
Meanwhile, the head of the nation’s largest police union — which had endorsed Republican Donald Trump for President — said, “During a time in our society when tensions are so high that someone can be offended by a single word, this painting does nothing but attack law enforcement to its core.” Andy Maybo, president of The Fraternal Order of Police, also noted: “That a member of the United States Congress would praise such a painting is reprehensible.”
During the presidential election cycle, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton while giving her black-stump-speech to a group of African Americans compared U.S. law enforcement to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). She complained that cops are terrorizing black neighborhoods. In fact, she accused all white Americans of being racists. (See video below.)
“It is disheartening to see this depiction of law enforcement hanging in the hallway of our nation’s Capitol where officers work everyday to protect our safety and freedoms,” Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington, told The Independent Journal Review. “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.”