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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) pulled down a controversial painting that portrayed a police officer as a wild boar from a wall in the U.S. Capitol.
The artwork, painted by a Missouri high school senior, was on display as part of the national Congressional Art Competition. In the painting, the officer is pointing a gun at a protester, who is also depicted as an animal.
Hunter, a retired Marine, told Fox News that the painting made him angry and he decided to pull it off the wall. On Friday, he brought the painting to the office of Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), who sponsored the national Congressional Art Competition in his state.
The Assn. for Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs on Friday called the artwork "repulsive" and said that it depicted officers as “pigs,” a somewhat-dated derogatory term used to describe members of law enforcement.
“At a time of our country facing rising crime and a shortage of those willing to work the streets as police officers and deputy sheriffs, we need to make it clear that depictions of law enforcement officers as pigs in our Nation's Capital are not acceptable,” the association’s board of directors said in a statement.