May 20, 2022

Wisconsin: Police Offended by Art Displayed at Madison Central Public Library


Wisconsin’s top police union is condemning what they call an “ill-conceived promotion” at the Madison Central Library, but officials there are defending their decision to display a painting that depicts a group of militarized police officers pointing their weapons at an African-American child holding a toy gun.

Madison artist Mike L’Roy said the painting is an accurate representation of how he views the relationship between police and minorities right now.

“Every day I wake up, I’m sure every day a colored American wakes up, I mean you gotta walk down the street and you don’t know if you or your friend or your family’s going to be the next victim on TV,” L’Roy told 27 News.

“When we first saw the image – we knew that it was very impactful,” said Greg Mickells, director of the Madison Public Library.

Mickells said the decision to allow the painting to go up as part of a local artist showcase wasn’t taken lightly.

Read the Complete Article Including Full Text of a Comment by Leaders of Two Wisconsin Police Organizations

WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Here’s another video report. This one from News 3 in Madison, WI.

UPDATE 2: Madison Public Library Art Policy (via Library Web Site)

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