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Architect of the Capitol says 'pig-cop' painting violates House rules, will be removed

In this Jan. 5, 2017, photo, a painting by David Pulphus hangs in a hallway displaying paintings by high school students selected by their member of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has removed a painting that showed a pig in a police uniform, one of hundreds of artworks on display at the Capitol and sponsored by a member of Congress. Joe Kasper, a spokesman forHunter, says the lawmaker unscrewed the artwork from the display and returned it to the office of Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

According to Chad Pergram of Fox News, the offensive painting depicting a policeman as a pig will be taken down at the Capitol building after the Architect of the Capitol determined it breaks House rules.

Pergram announced it on his social media account:

The painting by a high school student had hung at the Capitol since June but recently came under fire when Republican members of Congress noticed the insulting depiction. According to Pergram, Rep. Reichert complained to the Architect of the Capitol, saying the painting "is in clear violation of the Sustainability Guidelines outlines in... rules for the competition."

The competition forbids works of art with "subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic" nature, which has certainly been proven by the recent furor over the depiction.

"There are rules and rules exist for a reason," Rep. Reichert added, characterizing the painting as a "slap in the face" to men and women "who put their lives on the line everyday."

Rep. William Lacy Clay had defended the painting and demanded that a criminal charge of theft be pressed against Rep. Duncan Hunter for taking it down. Hunter had promptly handed it over to Clay's office. Earlier Friday a "thin blue line flag" was posted above the painting as a counter-protest:

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