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.
via: GettyLast 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...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, 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.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd 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.
via: GettyFrom the United Kingdom to New Zealand, the global solidarity has been incredible to see.
But things were quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters 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.
via: GettyBut 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...
via: GettyAnd 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...
via: GettyAnd this has only fueled the nation's anger further.
But not all of these police officers have been turning to violence.
via: GettyIn 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...
via: GettyAnd 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.
via: TwitterOn 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...
via: TwitterSo one officer, who happened to be passing by at the time, decided to step in.
Then, Simone asked him something truly heartbreaking.
via: Twitter"Are you going to shoot me?"
In a bid to reassure her, the police officer knelt down, put his arm around her, and said:
via: Twitter"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...
@iamsimeonb This brought tears to my eyes. No child should ever have to ask that question. Thank you again.— RockstarAngel™ is on Twitch! (@RockstarAngel™ is on Twitch!)1591213477.0
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.
During the protest in Houston yesterday one of the police officers noticed my daughter crying. She asked him “Are y… https://t.co/MZVhrO67ah— Simeon 🦉 (@Simeon 🦉)1591200826.0