UW student defends controversial video that portrays a cop being beheaded

UW student defends controversial video that portrays a cop being beheaded

The UW-Madison student who recently released a controversial video portraying a police officer being beheaded defended his promotional video for his clothing line Thursday.

Eneale Pickett, released the video to promote his clothing line with messages addressing police brutality and racism. In the video people wear sweatshirts that make statements about these issues.

“Cops are not always right and I think people need to understand that, that the system is not always right, and has never been right since its conception. So you have to, I want people to critically look at this,” Pickett said. “And if you’re just looking at a pig’s head like ‘Oh, my God,’ you just completely missed the whole point of the video.”

UW student defends controversial video that portrays a cop being beheaded

The video also portrays an officer putting a noose around the neck of an African-American man. The video portrays the police officer as a man in a pig mask. The sound of the video combines speeches from Donald Trump, with the sounds of protests and a constant heart beat.

UW police say while they don’t share the views expressed in Pickett’s video, they respect his right to share them.

UW student defends controversial video that portrays a cop being beheaded

State Sen. Steve Nass criticized the video in a release Wednesday.

“This racist video has an intent to incite violence against police officers. This can’t be condoned or ignored,” Nass said in the release.