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Photo of cop hugging protester at Ferguson rally in Oregon goes viral

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An image of a police officer hugging a tear-streaked black youth at rally protesting the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri has gone viral on Facebook and other social media, generating over 150,000 shares.

According to the Oregonian, the photo was taken on Nov. 25 by photographer Johnny Nguyen and shows young Devonte Hart, who was adopted by a couple named Sarah and Jennifer Hart.

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The family was attending a rally protesting the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to press charges against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August.

In a Facebook post, Jennifer Hart wrote, “We hit the streets (Nov. 25) with the intention of spreading love and kindness, and to remind (ALL) people that they matter in this world…I noticed Devonte was struggling. Tears. He wouldn’t speak. He was inconsolable. My son has a heart of a gold, compassion beyond anything I’ve ever experienced, yet struggles with living fearlessly when it comes to the police and people that don’t understand the complexity of racism that is prevalent in our society.”

She continued, “It was one of the most emotionally charged experiences I’ve had as a mother. He trembled holding a Free Hugs sign as he bravely stood alone in front of the police barricade. Tears rushing from his eyes and soaking his sweater, he gazed upon them not knowing how they would react. After a while, one of the officers approached him and extended his hand. Their interaction was uncomfortable at first.”

Then, she said, “He asked Devonte why he was crying. His response about his concerns regarding the level of police brutality towards young black kids was met with an unexpected and seemingly authentic (to Devonte), ‘Yes. *sigh* I know. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ The officer then asked if he could have one of his hugs.”

The officer was Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum, who told the Oregonian that he saw the boy holding a “Free Hugs” sign and simply asked if he could have one.

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According to the website Papertrail.co.nz, Devonte was born already addicted to the drugs his birth mother took freely during pregnancy.

“By the time he was 4 years old he had smoked, consumed alcohol, handled guns, been shot at, and suffered severe abuse and neglect,” wrote Papertrail’s Chloe Johnson.

“He knew only a handful of words, including f*ck and shit, and he struggled to identify with the names of food, body parts and every day objects,” Johnson reported. “Devonte was a violent toddler and his health was weighed down by a heavy list of disabilities.”

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Jennifer Hart and her wife Sarah adopted Devonte and his two siblings in 2007.

“He inspires me every single day. He has proven doctors, psychologists and teachers wrong. His future is most definitely not bleak, he is a shining star in this world. His light shines bright on everyone on his path,” said Jennifer.

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“People always tell us how lucky he is that we adopted him,” she said. “I tell you, we most certainly are the lucky ones. Yes indeed he is living proof that our past does not dictate our future.”


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‘Angry’ Trump Michigan voters admit they want ‘this nightmare to end’ in November

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President Donald Trump's Michigan supporters are abandoning their 2016 pick for Vice President Joe Biden as the election comes closer.

In a series of interviews on MSNBC Sunday, revisited voters they'd met earlier in the election cycle in Kent County.

Katey Morse and her husband were both working full time, and their kids were in school back in March, but things quickly changed as the coronavirus spread throughout the country. Luckily, she and her husband didn't lose their jobs, but they, like many parents, are struggling to do virtual school for their kids.

"I'm turning into more of an angry person than I've ever been in my life," she said about how she feels politically, noting that it makes her sad. "I've just got a countdown to November now, and I'm hoping we'll wake up from this nightmare we're in."

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Trump abusing the intelligence community in an attempt to keep them quiet about Russia election hacks: Conservative

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The New York Times Magazine piece outlining President Donald Trump's battles with the U.S. intelligence community revealed that Russia is continuing to wage its own cyberwar against the world. According to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot, the devastating report explained the extent to which the president is ignoring the threats to the 2020 election.

“The options faced by the intelligence community during Trump’s presidency have been stark: avoid infuriating the president but compromise the agencies’ ostensible independence, or assert that independence and find yourself replaced with a more sycophantic alternative," wrote Robert Draper in his lengthy investigation into Trump's efforts to politicize international intelligence. According to Boot, the most shocking part of the investigation was that the experts in the intelligence community have been banned from speaking honestly about the Russian attacks.

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‘Incompetent moron’ Chuck Todd ripped for letting Trump official claim Democrats want more COVID-19 deaths

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"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd is under fire -- once again -- after letting Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro claim on NBC that Democrats want more Americans to die during the coronavirus pandemic to boost their chances at the polls in November.

Instead of pushing back the NBC host known for his lack of follow-up questions let the comment slide by responding, "I take your point."

Todd's failure to call out the Trump aide for what one Twitter commenter called a "disgusting" comment led to an avalanche of criticism for the MBC political director who recently saw his weekday show cut back to make room for more commentary by colleague Nicolle Wallace.

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