If you did an internet search for Ferguson rally, many of the photos that would come up would show violence and anger. But, last week a freelance photographer named Johnny Nguyen snapped a photo at a Ferguson rally in Portland, Oregon that has become a icon of hope. Devonte Hart who is 12 years old was at the rally holding a sign that read “Free Hugs.” During the rally, Nguyen snapped a photo of Hart with tears streaming down his face while hugging a white police officer. The photo has since been shared more than 400,000 times on Facebook and reposted on more than 68,000 Tumblr accounts.
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