Image Of Tearful Black Boy Hugged By White Oregon Cop At Ferguson Protest Goes Viral

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via NY Daily News:
A photo of 12-year-old Devonte Hart, a black boy with tears streaming down his young face, being embraced by a white, helmeted policeman, who holds him tightly, has gone viral.

More than 150,000 people have shared the image on Facebook since the The Oregonian published it online.

Johnny Nguyen, a freelance photographer, captured the image during a demonstration over the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision to not indict a white officer for shooting to death an unarmed black teenager. Nguyen said he saw Hart in the crowd, carrying sign that said “Free Hugs,” as he wept copious tears.

Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum approached the boy and asked him why he was crying. And then Hart broke down.

As the white man and the black child embraced, mom Jen Hart said she experienced “one of the most emotionally charged experiences I’ve had as a mother,” she wrote on Facebook.

The boy, according to reports, adopted seven years ago by the Harts, who are white. The boy had been living in the streets and by age 4 had already been shot at, consumed alcohol and experienced severe abuse.

“People always tell us how lucky he is that we adopted him,” his mother said in article published on the Paper Trail blog.

“I tell you, we are most certainly the lucky ones,” she said. “Yes, indeed, he is living proof that our past does not dictate our future.”


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