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Cong. Clay Says Painting Depicting Police Officers As Animals Stays | Missouri Political News Service

Cong. Clay Says Painting Depicting Police Officers As Animals Stays

January 5th, 2017 by mopns_admin · No Comments

St. Louis student's artwork brings police complaints in D.C.

We guess Congressman Clay forgot or doesn’t care that he has police officers (both black and white) and FBI agents in his congressional district?


In the short term, Clay’s office has been receiving calls from people asking him to take it down. He will not, he said, and Reichert has announced no plans to try to force him to do it. Clay said he has told House colleagues who raised concerns: “You want [an 18-year-old] to get on TV and cry about why his painting is taken down, you can go down that path.” Clay said he had fielded some of the angry calls to his office. Callers told him the painting should be removed and was “hateful.” “I said, ‘Look now, we cannot be selective about people’s constitutional rights. The Supreme Court has said artistic expression is a form of speech, and we cannot abridge freedom of speech.


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