- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s largest police union is criticizing a mural hanging in Madison’s downtown library that depicts officers in riot gear pointing their guns at a small black child with a water gun.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association and the Madison Professional Police Association released a statement Friday saying the mural advances negative police stereotypes. The groups called library officials’ decision to display the mural ill-conceived, especially when Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is weighing whether to charge a white Madison officer in the killing of an unarmed biracial man this past March.

A library spokesman didn’t immediately return a voicemail message.

The artist who drew the mural, Mike L’Roy, wrote in a statement hanging next to it that the scene represents reality. He didn’t immediately return an email.

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