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Photo of officer hugging protester goes viral

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A photo showing a white officer hugging an African-American boy at a Portland, Ore. protest is going viral in the midst of tension following the Ferguson decision earlier this week.

According to FOX News, the photo was taken by freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen who was covering the Portland protests. 

At the rally, 12-year-old Devonte Hart was holding a sign that read "Free Hugs." Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum saw the sign and asked the boy if he could hug him, FOX News said.

The photo shows the a tearful Hart embracing the officer. It went viral when more than 150,000 Facebook users shared the image after The Oregonian newspaper posted it on its website.

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