A student’s painting that featured a pig in a police uniform — and divided lawmakers on Capitol Hill for its depiction of Ferguson, Mo. — has been removed.
Some GOP lawmakers had complained that the painting violated rules for a national student arts competition, noting that works depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or of a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.
The Architect of the Capitol informed lawmakers late Friday that the painting would be taken down Tuesday.
The painting shows a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at a protester. The painting was among hundreds completed by high school students that are featured in a tunnel leading to the Capitol and had been hanging for months.
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Republican lawmakers repeatedly removed the painting, and Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay, of St. Louis, kept putting it back, saying its removal violated his constituent’s First Amendment rights.