Official ruling: Painting depicting police as pigs will be removed from U.S. Capitol

Official ruling: Painting depicting police as pigs will be removed from U.S. Capitol

[Ed. – About time.  We’ve been following this, including the raid by Rep. Duncan Hunter to remove it on his own authority.  The Architect of the Capitol has now passed final judgment.]

The architect of the U.S. Capitol has determined that a controversial painting hung by a Missouri congressman violates standards adopted by House officials and will be removed on Tuesday.

The decision is likely to inflame a tense dynamic that has pitted members of the Congressional Black Caucus against GOP lawmakers, who have been clamoring to remove the painting by a high school student from the district that includes Ferguson, which highlighted the racial tension that erupted between police and citizens after the death of Michael Brown. …

Late Friday, it appeared Republicans had won the dispute on a technicality. Rep. David Reichert (R-Wash.) had complained to the Capitol architect that the painting violated standards set by the House Office Buildings Commission – a small panel of House leaders – that prohibit artwork depicting “contemporary political controversies.” A spokeswoman for Reichert said House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office informed them late Friday that the architect of the Capitol had reviewed his complaint and agreed the painting violated House standards.

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