Graffiti on the building next to the Round Valley Inn

Date: 1996

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Photography

Artist: Marian Azbill

Confronting Bodies: Mendocino County Sheriff, James Tuso

Date of Action: November 26, 1996

Location: Mendocino County Administration Center, Ukiah, California, USA

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

The Incident: The photo panel, Graffiti on the building next to the Round Valley Inn, was removed from the People's Portrait Project 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