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Cops and National Guard hug, hold hands and take knee with protesters across the country

DOING THE RIGHT THING

COPS and members of the National Guard showed solidarity with protesters across the US by hugging, shaking hands and taking a knee, as tensions between law enforcement officials and demonstrators continued to rise.

The protests, which are demanding justice for the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in police custody 10 days ago, have swept the nation, and have seen police repeatedly clash with Americans.

Rubber bullets, fire bombs and tear gas have been deployed by police, and hundreds of arrests been made in an attempt to quell the demonstrators.

In many cities, including LA, Minneapolis and New York, peaceful events descended into looting and violence.

Police officials have been widely criticized for their use of excessive force, including one case in Atlanta, which saw a young black couple being tasered in their car for breaking the curfew.

However at some protests, police and the National Guard have sought to extend an olive branch, in the form of hugs, handshakes and kneeling.

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, more than 60 cops knelt before George Floyd protesters as a mark of "dignity and respect".

Taking to social media, the department wrote: "As a show of understanding the pain that is in our community and our nation regarding equality, the #FayPD took a knee to show that we also stand for justice for everyone,” the department wrote.

“We are committed to listening and treating everyone with dignity and respect."

Mimamo Monika, who watched the moment unfold said: "The protesters first got mad when asked to step back, but once the officers knelt down, it was on. Men and women alike started crying and then cautiously came toward the police officers to shake their hands.

"These are moments that will go down into history and will be taught to future generations."

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