In the midst of the anger, frustration, and chaos, there are heartwarming moments where peaceful protesters and law enforcement officers unite in the brotherhood of man.
Clearly, not all police officers are racist a-holes, despite the “All cops are bastards” (ACAB) spraypainted on cop cars and buildings in major cities all over the United States.
Sheriff Chris Swanson of Genesee County gave one helluva lesson on how to ensure a protest stays peaceful.
He spoke from the heart about what he and so many other cops are feeling–this was not a just police action and the actions of one Minneapolis cop doesn’t represent police in general. Sheriff Swanson said that he wanted a parade, not a protest. He asked, “You tell me what you need” the crowd chanted, “Walk with us!”
Here’s what happened.
Genesee County Sheriff (Flint, Michigan) Chris Swanson put down his helmet and baton and asked protesters how he could help.
The protesters chanted "walk with us" so the Sheriff joined — and walked alongside the protesters in solidarity.
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) May 31, 2020
That’s a beautiful thing, right there.
It wasn’t just Flint, Michigan, though.
Here’s another heartwarming moment in Miami.
This is the real Americapic.twitter.com/PYC76cTyCl
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 31, 2020
And San Diego.
— Blyfford the Big Red Bitch (@Blyff) June 1, 2020
She just went in for the hug, and the officer accepted. Lasted almost a minute. Incredible pic.twitter.com/rJjvN0yhXz
— Roberto Ferdman (@robferdman) June 1, 2020
— Robert Thomas WKYT (@RobertWKYT) June 1, 2020
— IanTheAlien (@IanTheAlien2005) May 31, 2020
This incredible moment in Pittsburgh.
A wonderful 44-seconds.
This was how the peaceful protest concluded yesterday — with one of the organizers giving the state police water that was donated to protesters.
Please listen to his words.?❤️ pic.twitter.com/7Xht0Ap94s
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) June 1, 2020
That guy needs some sort of award for what he did.
So does this guy walking into a situation that was getting tense and treating both sides with dignity and humanity.
I love this guy giving out FREE HUGS to the cops. Let's channel this energy in building up our communities than burning them as we demand an end to racism.#GeorgeFloydProtests #JusticeForGeorgeFlyod #BlackLivesMatter #protests #riots2020 pic.twitter.com/7sOsvQsOJU
— #FreeBobiWine ???? (@HillaryTaylorVI) May 31, 2020
This should be who we are.
This is who we need to be.
Every single one of us.
— Positive News (@Positive_News4u) May 31, 2020
These are the moments that capture the real America in 2020.
This is the America of freedom and equality for all, no matter what color your skin is.