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."
In Lexington, Kentucky, a single officer was cheered by protesters for kneeling and in Atlanta, Georgia, a line of police officers holding shields also took to the ground.
Tens of thousands of people have been protesting the death of George Floyd across the US and world.
Floyd died on May 25 after getting arrested for apparently trying to use a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes.
While in police custody, former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes — while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe.
He soon died, and his death was determined on Monday to be a homicide following a second, independent autopsy.
Trump on Monday called himself the “president of law and order” and threatened military action against US citizens if local authorities didn’t use more force on protesters.
Trump said if governors don’t deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to “dominate the streets,” the military would step in to “quickly solve the problem for them.”
“We have the greatest country in the world,” Trump told reporters. “We’re going to keep it safe.”
A military deployment by Trump to US states would mark a stunning federal intervention rarely seen in modern American history.
The take a knee movement was first started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
It started during the American football pre-season four summers ago in 2016 when the San Francisco 49ers’ black quarterback sat instead of standing during the national anthem.
By the fourth game the gesture, which he said was intended to raise awareness of police brutality towards African Americans, had become a national talking point.
That was when Kaepernick, seeking a dignified way to protest without offending military personnel, tried something else - he knelt.
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