A federal judge blocked an attempt to return to the U.S. Capitol grounds a painting that depicts a police officer as a pig, according to Fox News.
David Pulphus, a Missouri student artist, and Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Missouri), sued Stephen Ayers, Capitol Architect, for removing the painting in January when Republican lawmakers and law enforcement groups took issue with the painting.
The government used its editorial discretion in the selection of the art and the plaintiffs do not have a First Amendment right to display it, according to U.S. District Judge John D. Bates.
The painting appears to show a pig in a police uniform, pointing a gun at a black wolf, who is holding a sign that says, "STOP KILL." Above that part of the painting, a black bird fights a white bird next to a crucified black protester.
The art was included in an annual contest sponsored by Clay. It was hung in a tunnel leading to the Capitol. California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter took the painting down, then Clay returned it to the tunnel before Ayers removed the painting in January.
Hunter said in January that he did not regret taking down the painting. "The Capitol Police are not going to arrest me for taking down a picture that portrays them as pigs," he said.
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