The mainstream media needs to promote PEACE, KINDNESS, and LOVE and not hate and violence.
Stone Pollard, left, hugs a St. Paul police officer Monday, June 1, 2020,
outside the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul. Protests continued following the
death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police
officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Man gives free hugs to riot police & protesters in Charlotte
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Story Behind this Powerful Photo of a Black Boy Hugging a White Cop at a
Amidst the many photos of hate, anger, sadness and sometimes outright
destruction that have flooded the media since a grand jury decided not to indict
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, sparking riots and protests across the
US, there are glimmers of hope and humanity.
One such glimmer was captured by Oregon-based freelance photographer Jonny
Nguyen at a Ferguson demonstration in Portland earlier this week.
The photo shows 12-year-old Devonte Hart, his eyes welling with tears as he hugs
Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum, and the story behind it was reported first by
The Oregonian in an article published earlier today.
Apparently Hart — whose full profile is a truly inspirational read — was at the
demonstration holding a sign that said “free hugs” when Barnum noticed him with
tears in his eyes. He motioned the young man over and the two began talking
After they were done, Barnum pointed to the sign and asked “Do I get one of
those?” A question Hart answered with a tearful hug. Fortunately for those of us
who need to have our faith in humanity restored on occasion, Nguyen was there
with his camera.
We asked Johnny if there was anything about the photo that he might like to
share with fellow photographers. Here’s what he had to say:
I had a gut feeling there was something special about Devonte, so I stayed at
the scene. Before I knew it, Sgt. Barnum was speaking to Devonte. That’s when I
got the powerful image of them hugging. From there, I knew I had something
special. Something that I wanted the world to see. A powerful message I wanted
to communicate. As a photographer, you always have to trust your gut – your
intuition. It’s your best tool.
A big thank you to Johnny for sharing this story and photograph with us. If
you’d like to see more of his work, be sure to pay his website a visit.