Allegheny College Defends Their 'Kill Cops' Art Display As A Call For Peace

Allegheny College administrators said the student's painting with the words "KILL COPS" was actually a call for peace.

Meadville, PA – Administrators at a private college in Pennsylvania have said that a student’s painting emblazoned with the words “KILL COPS” was not an endorsement for violence against police.

Allegheny College officials claimed the painting was taken out of context.

The vibrantly-colored painting was prominently displayed in a hallway at Allegheny College, the Meadville City Fraternal Order of Police said in a Facebook post.

“It is known that some employees of Allegheny asked administrators for the picture to be removed because of the Kill Cops portion,” the FOP explained. “Their request was ignored even with a warning that the depiction could be inflammatory.”

The FOP also posted two photos of the painting, so that viewers could “judge the ‘context’ of this work” for themselves, the post read.

The purpose of the painting was to depict urban street art and to call for an end to violence, the anonymous 20-year-old student who created the painting told WJET.

"I believe that my piece has been taken completely out of context, specifically the one that contains the words 'kill cops,'” he said. “They were stripped away of the totality of the rest of the competition [and] the meaning behind it.”

The student did not explain how the painting could be interpreted differently.

"I hope that there is no ill will between Allegheny, Meadville or between cops and anyone,” he told WJET.

College administrators backed the student artist in a Facebook post on Sunday, and blamed social media for destroying the supposedly peaceful intent of the painting.

"The artist, the Art Department, and Allegheny College do not condone violence toward police or any group of people,” Allegheny College wrote in the post. “This artwork when viewed fully documents an urban street scene in which many controversial slogans are visible. The intent from the artist is to call for an end to mindless violence, just the opposite from the context being circulated on social media.”

“But, because of this unintended consequence, the artist has agreed to remove the piece from public display,” the post continued. “To further this conversation, the Art Department and the artist will offer a panel discussion to the campus community later in the semester.”

The painting is no longer on display at the school, the FOP confirmed in a Facebook post.

The FOP acknowledged that artwork is “open for individual interpretation,” but noted that “freedom of expression does come with consequences.”

“Disappointing that this was displayed, more disappointing that it took so much outcry for it to actually be removed,” the police union continued. “To everyone that supports law enforcement, thank you so much for your continued support.”

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365
365

It seems unexpected consequence would be more accurate than unintended. He intended to piss people off; he did not expect that they would push back. We need to keep pushing back.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Be interesting to see what would happen if somebody did a similar piece with ‘shoot up the school’ embedded in it. You can goddamn guarantee that same administration would have it removed that same morning and police would be called.

opi
opi

The so called artist and school administrators agree the painting was taken out of context. Wow, they must all be taking the same pills. Clearly, they are not the anti stupid pills.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Let me see if I have this right... an "artist" can advocate for the killing of cops and that's ok, but if the word "cops" was replaced with "blacks," would it offensive? Both are equally inappropriate in my eyes, but apparently not in the eyes of the artist.

Unless the picture is missing the words "DON'T" right above the word "KILL" than I think it's message is pretty clear. Why doesn't he just light it on fire and throw it in the trash, where this belongs?

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Kill Cops = Peace? I don't think so! LEOS are called "Peacekeepers" for a very good reason.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I just completed a painting with the words "Kill Illegals" and "Kill Blacks". Now before some people get their panties in a wad, you've misinterpreted the message. What I'm actually doing is making a call for peace. See how things work you leftist pieces of horse manure.

Boater
Boater

Hmmm, should be an interesting interaction off campus

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I think garbage like this should be treated as what it is.....TERRORISTIC THREATS ! Police Officers are public officials, just as much as any "elected" official.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

article "To further this conversation, the Art Department and the artist will offer a panel discussion to the campus community later in the semester.”

Not sure anyone would be interested wasting their time listening to this leftist liberal trash talk. Do not provide them with the audience they so desperately seek.

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Typical liberal behavior and these idiots still can’t figure out why Trump won.

LanetaJane16
LanetaJane16

They can give any explanation they want, a college should not condone this short of thing. There is no peace here, just an ok to kill cops. What is wrong with our society that this is allowed. I for one am sick of all this "free" expression against law enforcement. Insanity at its best for sure.

Skidoo
Skidoo

The whole point of displaying this POS painting was to have the phrase, (kill cops) out in public view. That's what people will remember and walk away with. It certainly won't win any prizes as art.

unholyone
unholyone

After this incident, and worse Allegheny College's "explanation," why would anyone send their child there. The place is obviously run by morons, and/or cop haters. How else could this "art" be interpreted? I'm guessing the Allegheny College administrators' combined IQ's don't reach room temperature.

bob95648
bob95648

So if I paint a picture of a serene meadow with a creek and a family fishing, but I include a small vignette in the background with a tree and a Black person hanging from it, it's just a peaceful scene. Nobody should interpret it otherwise because 99% is just a family enjoying a nice day fishing.

RPG156
RPG156

So typically liberal... to kill for peace....

RPG156
RPG156

Its like... painting a lynching to call for an end to racism....

HH3
HH3

So if I attended this class I would be able to display a painting that had the same first word and..... I could put any race or sexual orientation. Then it would be considered art! Right????? Heavens NO!!!! Words have meaning! Pull all funding from that school

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I’m gonna paint a picture that says “Kill Adminitration at Allegheny College” and send it to them. But add a note that says. “No it’s not implying what it says, it really means, go to College, and make sure you graduate. And oh by the way, I’m calling for peace everywhere” so does that make it non offensive? (No I would not actually do it, I’m saying in theory to prove my point. Don’t get bent out of shape haters)

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Gee, I sure wished everyone was so receptive of the Thin Blue Line Flag and the TRUE meaning behind it instead of what the media and what one specific left wing racist group (blm) THINKS its means.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

They think we're stupid, we know what that sign means no matter how they try to spin it.

LPD133
LPD133

"The purpose of the painting was to depict urban street art and to call for an end to violence, the ANONYMOUS 20-year-old student who created the painting told WJET." Typical coward on the left. If you have the guts to draw that "art", aka street trash, then you should have the guts to stand up for it. Again, coward. School color must be yellow.

61mouse
61mouse

What other way is there to take it

61mouse
61mouse

If someone painted a picture with a black person with a 3rd eye , or thug above it . I bet no one would be able to say everyone is taking it out of context

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Maybe the local PD should assemble a "kill Allegheny students" collage, it's for peace, right? Wtf?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Totally in-appropriate! Happy they took it down.