Viral photo: Black officer helps protester at KKK rally

Trending video: Officer helps protester at KKK rally

FOX19 - A unifying moment is caught on camera as a Ku Klux Klan group and counter-demonstrators divided the South Carolina statehouse grounds Saturday.

Temperatures neared 100 degrees during the KKK protest against the recent decision to remove the Confederate Flag from the statehouse.

As thousands demonstrated, Rob Godfrey tweeted a photo of a black state official appearing to help a KKK supporter escape the extreme heat and seek shelter.

Leroy Smith, South Carolina's Director of Public Safety, is the officer seen aiding the man, who wore a National Socialist Movement t-shirt with a swastika on it.

"Not an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter & water as heat bears down," Godfrey wrote in the tweet.

The photo quickly went viral and has been retweeted more than 5,000 times.

Nearly 2,000 people attended the rally on Saturday. Black Educators for Justice held its rally on the northern end of the State House, while North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan gathered on the opposite side.

Several protesters clashed and five people were arrested during the demonstration, according to WIS-TV.

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