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Heartwarming footage that shows a police officer hugging and comforting a frightened black girl during a protest has gone viral, and it is serving as a reminder of the unity and justice we're all striving for.

Keep scrolling to watch the beautiful moment for yourself...

As thousands of people protest and riot against the unlawful death of George Floyd, tensions surrounding our police force have never been so high.

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Last week, on Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.

George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...

Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back.

Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...

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And, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."

After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.

An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was only forty-six years old.

This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...

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But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

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And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

Protests have been taking place all over the world.

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From the United Kingdom to New Zealand, the global solidarity has been incredible to see.

But things were quick to turn violent.

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Protesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.

It's a truly terrifying time.

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But change needs to be done and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

The riots have been raging on...

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And several people - protestors, rioters, and police officers alike - have been badly injured.

Police officers have been forced to resort to violence in order to maintain the riots...

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And this has only fueled the nation's anger further.

But not all of these police officers have been turning to violence.

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In the last week, various stories have been emerging about the solidarity experienced between police officers and protestors.

Despite the ongoing issue with police racism, there is a staggering amount of genuinely heroic police officers out there...

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And today, footage of one of these officers has gone viral after he did something amazing at a protest.

At a protest in Houston, Texas, a little girl became quite upset at the sight of the police officers.

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On Saturday, 5-year-old Simone Bartee was out protesting with her parents when she suddenly burst into tears.

The police presence evidently frightened the little girl...

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So one officer, who happened to be passing by at the time, decided to step in.

Then, Simone asked him something truly heartbreaking.

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"Are you going to shoot me?"

In a bid to reassure her, the police officer knelt down, put his arm around her, and said:

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"We're here to protect you okay? We're not here to hurt you at all. You can protest, you can party, you can do whatever you want."

The heartwarming moment has been quick to go viral online...

And many were quick to commend the officer for his kind-hearted actions.

There are so many amazing police officers out there...

And it is so uplifting to see them spread their message of positivity and unity.

You can watch the beautiful moment for yourself here.

For more on amazing police officers, keep scrolling to read about the sheriff who put down his hat and marched with the protestors...