Jacob Lewis, a college senior at Sacramento State, is gaining attention for his controversial artwork depicting cops as pigs. He began creating the paintings last year while a series of incidents involving violent confrontations with police officers garnered national outrage.
One painting includes a police officer in uniform shooting aimlessly with a bandana over his eyes while another depicts an officer as a slob with “F*** the police” spray-painted over it.
“Not all cops are to blame for the situation, but I’m basically just trying to bring attention to the fact that there are a lot of bad cops out there,” he told a CBS affiliate in Sacramento.
Once university administrators were made aware of his work they issued this statement:
“Art often prompts dialogue and conversation and expresses a variety of opinions,” Sheree L. Meyer, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, Sacramento State told CBS.
His paintings prompted mixed reactions from students. One graduate student entering law enforcement found it offensive while another felt Lewis was shedding light on something society needs to deal with, even if he doesn’t necessarily agree with it.
Pat argued that there aren’t as many bad cops as the media portrays and the artist is poorly misinformed. “I would hazard a guess that here’s another guy who thinks he knows the issue; who thinks that cops are indiscriminately killing black people and Hispanics -- just because they don't like them."
"Please look into the facts of these cases," said Pat.