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Posted: November 29, 2014

Emotional moment between cop, child at Ferguson protest goes viral


            Emotional moment between cop, child at Ferguson protest goes viral
A sign on a boarded-up business reads 'SAVE FERGUSON MO' in the neighborhood where there was much unrest following the August shooting of of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white police officer, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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A moving photo taken during a Ferguson protest in Portland, Oregon is quickly going viral on social media.

According to OregonLive, the touching scene was captured by freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen. In the photo, Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum is seen hugging 12-year-old protester Devonte Hart during a Ferguson demonstration in the city. 

The police officer noticed the young man holding a “Free Hugs” sign, and started talking to him about school and life. At the end of their conversation, the police officer pointed to the sign and asked, “Do I get one of those?”

That’s when the emotional moment was captured on camera.

According to The Oregonian, the photo has already been shared over 150,000 times on Facebook.

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