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After Police Criticism, Denver Student Withdraws KKK/Cop Art from City-Sponsored Show

March 25, 2016  | 

Responding to criticism by the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police to her painting that depicted a white police officer wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood pointing a gun at a black child being entered in a city-sponsored student art contest, the artist has withdrawn the work.

The Denver school district's communications chief, Nancy Mitchell, said the girl immediately asked to take her painting out of the award show when she shared the criticism with her.

"She's passionate about her art, but didn't want to make trouble," Mitchell told the Associated Press.

According to a statement from the school district and the city, the student's assignment was to take inspiration from historic works and place them in the context of contemporary issues. She chose the Spanish master Francisco de Goya's "The Third of May 1808," a 19th-century statement against tyranny that shows a firing squad executing a group of captured rebels; and New York artist Michael D'Antuono’s painting “A Tale of Two Hoodies,” which is similar to hers, but shows the young boy offering candy to the gun-wielding officer.


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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/26/2016 12:42 PM

What a terrible attitude for an art student to have. That work of "art" should never have been put up in the first place.

Gary Albert @ 3/26/2016 3:38 PM

Where the hell were the parents ? This girl needs help. Artistic? I think not.

kevCopAz @ 3/26/2016 5:17 PM

No amount of "artistic intent" RS will work. Even if the "artist" had some deep seated reason for doing this piece, the people who ran this context and the public official that allowed it to be included certainly did not have the same motive. Either they are dense as the day is long, or have feels that are anti-police. This was no error in judgement, either gross stupidity or gross anti police feeling, either way heads should roll. They should be punished, not the artist. Can you imagine if rolls were reversed and a picture of a black male or a Muslim aiming a gun at a unarmed child would have been? All hell would break lose, oh unless the person having the gun aimed at them was a uniformed police officer, then it would be protected political speech. There is NO excuse for them.

Chad @ 3/26/2016 6:16 PM

You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Our job is to uphold the constitution, not bully a girl over a drawing. I'm a cop and I'm not at all offended by artwork.

Eddie Pereira @ 3/26/2016 7:47 PM

Chad you are a moron .... you say you are a cop and if that depiction doesn't offend you personally as cop ... then you not a real cop

Percy @ 3/26/2016 11:21 PM

You needn't go too far back to where that kids painting was the way things were.
Law enforcement has always been on the wrong side of the race war, all the way back to it's inception in your country.
Try looking at some of the pictures of the civil rights movement era in, police allowing attack dogs free to maim any black person that was there. Water canon being deployed against innocent, law abiding citizens who were marching to be able to sit in the front of the bus. Previous to that law enforcement assisted KKK in lynching people and burning their homes, quite often with people still in them.

Now you simply arrest them for possession of pot 4 to 1 over whites even though whites are just as likely to have and use drugs. You warehouse them in for profit sh/t holes, and when they get out they are denied the most basic of rights and assistance so the recidivism rate skyrockets

If you refuse to embrace your own history you'll never get past it

You all seem as thin skinned as Trump

bo2234 @ 3/27/2016 9:13 AM

A few years back our command staff decided to send our entire department to the Holocaust Museum in DC. Their premise, not to police the public like the Germans policed the citizenry that led to Hitler's rise. I enjoyed the visit and suggest that anyone in DC attend. It's very intriguing and enlightening. After our tour we met in a conference room for a Q&A. Taking into consideration the events that led to WW II, the civil rights era, etc. I came to realize that over the years, we, the front line, were doing the bidding of the laws, rules and
expectations set at the time. I asked the question, "If the command staff is concerned about how we are policing, why are they not looking at themselves instead of trying to convince us"? The Q&A session was hastily ended. My point is that this nation's administration has set the tone and led people to believe this is what America is about. We're not perfect and we have work to do, but we are NOT what this president or this "art" depicts.

Patrick @ 3/27/2016 4:07 PM

Hey Percy here's a link to some artwork:

S.S. @ 3/28/2016 7:24 AM

Yes to me this is offensive. I'm speaking of myself ONLY. I'm considered a white male, however I am of hispanic descent. Percy first of all is an idiot! Here's a guy/ girl that does not want to even say what he does for employment. Percy your pathetic. PERIOD!! Secondly Chad you are NOT a police officer, so stop talking out of your a**. You and percy have to friends. It offends me because this is not who we are. 99% of us officers out there are doing the right things. Even though at times they might not be popular with the public. We still have a job to do and we do it. HONESTLY.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 8:54 PM

What offends me about this "artwork" is that its a direct insult to every Police Officer that ever lived. Percy, its true that more black people are arrested for drugs than white people. But its not because the Police are giving the white people breaks, its because the black culture is more into drugs and gangs. You have the Police and Civil rights all mixed up in that thick skull of yours. So, Percy when did you get your labotamy? And another thing, I love Donald Trump!

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