Hug shared around the world

Photo via CNN video

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNN/WANE) Twelve-year-old Devonte Hart was at a rally in Portland, Oregon where people gathered to protest the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. With tears streaming down his face, he held up a sign that read “Free Hugs.” A police officer approached Hart and asked him why he was crying. Hart told the officer he was concerned about the level of police brutality towards young black kids. Then the officer replied, “Yes, I know, I’m sorry” and asked for one of his hugs.

The photo was later posted on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times. The photo has been called the “hug shared around the world.”

The photo in the video above is from Johnny Nguyen/

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