Name: People's Portrait Project, Cop Killer photo

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Marian Azbill

Confronting Bodies: Mendocino County Sheriff, James Tuso

Date of Action: November 26, 1996

Specific Location: Mendocino County Administration Center, Ukiah, California

Description of Artwork: A four-photo panel that included a picture of a building with graffiti reading "cop killer."

Description of Incident: The photo panel was removed from the exhibit at the request of the county sheriff who believed the picture to be "inappropriate" and offensive in view of the 1994 slaying of the sheriff's deputy.

Results of Incident: The incident sparked protest from arts organizations, civil liberties groups, and from the community. Consequently, the panel was reinstalled a week after it had been removed by order of the Board of supervisors chair Liz Henry.

Source: National Campaign for Freedom of Expression, NCAC

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