The City's Statement regarding the controversial art work included in the current CCAE Museum Exhibition:
A week before the opening of a new exhibition, the City of Escondido was made aware of a potentially controversial piece of art that will be displayed in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s Museum. According to the Center’s Executive Director, the artwork depicts officers as pigs.
There is a very close partnership between the City and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE.) However, the CCAE Board and staff are responsible for programming the content of the CCAE Museum and Theaters.
The City of Escondido and the Escondido Police Department fully support and defend a person's constitutional rights of free speech and expression.
Escondido City Manager Sean McGlynn stated, “I want to take this opportunity to stress my unwavering support for the women and men who comprise our police department. Every day I see the dedication, commitment, and professionalism they display as they keep our wonderful community safe and secure.” In addition, Escondido Chief of Police Ed Varso shared, “I am extremely disappointed to learn about the art piece depicting insulting images of honorable police officers. Despite my disappointment, police officers understand that there are times when people will sling insults, even when we are there to protect them. The members of the Escondido Police Department will continue to display professionalism and serve our community.”