Community members raise concerns about student art project at Webb Building

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Controversial artwork on display at Wellington Webb Building in downtown Denver

Controversial artwork on display at Wellington Webb Building in downtown Denver

DENVER — A student art project on display at the Wellington Webb building in Denver has raised some controversy.

A student in Denver Public Schools was inspired by two well-known pieces to create a piece of art depicting a police officer in a Ku Klux Klan hood pointing a gun at a black child.

Mayor Michael Hancock’s office said after the girl learned of the negative response, she has been asked that it be taken down.

The mayor’s office said it values the voices of young artists, but also respects the officers who serve and protect the community.

Hancock organized a meeting for Wednesday with the artist, the chief of police and the Denver Public School superintendent to come to a resolution.

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