Last Friday morning I wrote a letter to Congressman Sanford Bishop asking him to demand that the “pig” painting be taken down. According to News reports from last Friday evening, the painting in the halls of Congress depicting police officers as pigs will come down on Tuesday, January 17. I still want him to respond to my request. The letter I sent is displayed below.
In case you have trouble reading the text on the image, here is the text of the message:
January 13, 2017
Congressman Sanford Bishop
2407 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressman Bishop,
A painting hangs in the halls of Congress that depicts police officers as pigs pointing their pistols at African-Americans. The Congressional Black Caucus, of which you are a member, supports the painting.
This hits home in the 2nd Congressional District. Investigator Anthony “TJ” Freeman was rammed by a suspect vehicle in Bibb County, Macon, on May 5, 2016 and died. Deputies Patrick Michael Sondron and Daryl Smallwood were gunned down in Peach County near Byron, on November 6, 2016 and died. Officers Nicholas Ryan Smarr and Jody Carl Smith were gunned down in Sumter County, Americus on December 7, 2016 and died.
Five officers killed in the line of duty within a single year in the 2nd Congressional District. These officers leave behind family, friends, and grieving communities across our district.
You would not present the families of these men with a copy of this painting to express your condolences. Yet, when you support its display in the halls of Congress, you are supporting the contempt and disgrace this painting holds toward men and women who serve and protect.
This is not about freedom of speech. Your constituents in Southwest Georgia see this as a disgrace and embarrassment. I ask you to demand that the painting be removed.
Donald E. Cole
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