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Photo of Young Demonstrator and Police officer sharing a hug during Portland Ferguson Rally


A heart touching photo taken of a police officer in Portland hugging a protester at a Ferguson rally has gone viral on the Internet. Determination: Real

The photos is real, according to a November 28, 2014 article by The Oregonian.  The article said that the photo was taken on November 25, 2014 by freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen. The two people in the photo are Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum and 12-year-old Devonte Hart.

Sgt. Barnum told the Oregonian, that as the rally was getting started, and emotions were running high as the crowds listened to speakers, "he noticed a young man with tears in his eyes holding a 'Free Hugs' sign among a group of people."

Portland police officer and the protester

Posted 11/28/14

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