This week’s “Thankful Thursday” would like to highlight the comforting interaction between a Shreveport, LA police officer and a tearful teenager during a Black Lives Matter protest. The protest was in response to the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The young man appeared overwhelmed and was reduced to tears.
A video shows the Shreveport police officer consoling and hugging the young man as he cried. “We’re here for each other. Look at me,” the officer says as the young man sobs, placing his hand on his shoulder. “I feel your pain too. I feel your pain.” He tells the young man, “we’re here to help” as the young man begins to cry. The officer then brings him in close and hugs him as he sobs. “It’s alright. We’re all here together, OK?” he reassures.
On Twitter, people called the video “powerfully moving”. One woman praised the police officer for being “kind-hearted and compassionate.” “We need more scenes like this and less destruction,” one man tweeted. “This is America,” another woman tweeted.