Photo of Protester and Police Officer Praying Together Goes Viral
Photo becomes shining light during the gloom of the ongoing riots and protests
As rioters and looters tarnish the image of peaceful protesters amid the death of George Floyd, a viral photo gave a glimpse of hope during the chaos.
The photo is of Officer Garren Hoskins of the Metro Nashville Police Department in Nashville, praying with a masked protester.
The officer approached the protester and learned they bother shared something in the common, Christian faith.
Upon learning this, the officer asked the protester to pray with him.
The result was an astounding photo that has become a shining light during the gloom of the ongoing riots and protests.
After they prayed, fires were set in the Nashville historic courthouse and City Hall, and eight people were arrested, according to WZTV.
But as Floyd's death has seen untold amount so destruction, the photo reveals the power of love and compassion during even the worst of times.
On Sunday in Jamestown, New York, almost 100 people gathered at the city’s Dow Park to pray.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings, and Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone came to engage in a conversation with the protesters.
In the midst of Sat's confrontation between protestors & officers at the Central Precinct, Officer Garren Hoskins and the protestor in front of him began talking about their shared Christian faith. Hoskins asked the man to join him in prayer. He put his sign down. They prayed. pic.twitter.com/c1KasU9dNQ— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) June 1, 2020
“Lord, we thank you for this time where we’re able to gather together in unity, as a community, to demand change,” one of the protesters prayed.
“Holy Spirit, come and bring truth, come and bring life, come and bring love, come, and bring unity.”
Another unprecedented moment came from President Donald Trump, who walked out of the White House and across the street to visit the historic St. John's Church that was recently attacked and set ablaze by rioters.
The president stood in front of the 200-year-old building and held up a bible, telling members of the press, “We have a great country, the greatest country in the world.”
The move came just minutes after President Trump gave a speech in the Rose Garden about George Floyd’s death and the resulting riots taking place across the country.