*Well here’s something you don’t see every day.
The photo of a white cop hugging a tearful black boy will definitely stop you in your tracks every time.
So what’s the story you’re asking?
It happened during Ferguson protests earlier this week in Portland, Oregon. According to Oregon Live, freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen the pic of Police Sgt. Bret Barnum hugging -year-old boy Devonte Hart, who was participating in the rally.
Sgt. Barnum says the interaction took place at the beginning of the rally. With emotions running high as speakers were addressing the crowd, he noticed a young man with tears in his eyes holding a “Free Hugs” sign among a group of people.
Sgt. Barnum and the kid made eye contact and the two started talking about the demonstration, school, art and life. As the conversation ended, Sgt. Barnum pointed to his sign and asked, “Do I get one of those?” The moment following his question was captured in the photo above, which shows Devonte’s eyes welling up with tears once again as he embraces the officer.
Mediaite points out that young Hart’s backstory tells a lot about his attitude towards others during tumultuous times.
The emotional photo is from photographer Nguyen’s Instagram account:
I want to thank everyone who shared my photo today!!! You guys are playing a great role in spreading the message of hope and humanity as seen here in the photo of Sgt. Barnum and Devonte Hart. I also want to thank @theoregonian for being the first to publish my photo and writing the incredible story behind it. You guys are the best. I don’t really use Twitter but now I have a reason to. Follow me on Twitter @chambersvisuals to stay updated! Tune into NBC Nightly News tonight at 6:30 EST. They’re covering the photo and story as well! Spread love, Johnny.