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Artwork removed in Lafayette after police take offense

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An artwork depicting a police officer in riot gear that faced a central Indiana police station has been obscured after it drew complaints.

The black-and-white pencil-type illustration was put on the side of a downtown Lafayette restaurant as part of a city-sanctioned project to place street and graffiti-style art around the community.

The Journal & Courier reports the artwork was partially covered with red paint on Monday after project managers decided to take it down.

The restaurant owner says some police officers considered the illustration offensive. Police Chief Patrick Flannelly says he understands those opinions but any police complaints were unofficial.

Art project curator Zach Medler says he feels bullied by the police complaints.

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