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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)- A Kansas group wants a grand jury to decide whether a partially nude statue in a park in Johnson County is obscene.

Phillip Cosby, director of the local American Family Association, said Wednesday his group objects to the donated statue at the Overland Park Arboretum because it portrays a woman who is taking a photo of herself while her breasts are exposed.

Cosby says he has started an online petition to seek about 4,000 required voter signatures to start a grand jury investigation into whether the statue is obscene. He says he objects to the statue’s availability to children and is seeking a charge of promoting obscenity.

Overland Park has posted signs at the park about the statue’s content but says it has no immediate plans to remove the sculpture.

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