Heart-warming images have surfaced of a police officer comforting a crying girl when she asked if he would ‘shoot’ her during a Black Lives Matter protest in the US.
Little Simone, five, walked with her father Simeon Bartee in downtown Houston, Texas, in the U.S., as part of the march along with the family of George Floyd, who died shortly after being tied to the ground and in the neck was being held by the police.
The young girl was afraid of what the officers would do during the protest and suddenly tore.
Her performance has caught the attention of one of the police officers.
In the cell phone footage taken by her father, the unnamed police officer sits down on one knee and wraps his hand around Simone’s shoulder to calm her emotions.
Simone asks the officer, “Are you here to shoot us?”
A woman walks up to her and pats Simone’s shoulder, “Don’t say that, okay?”
The officer replies, “We’re here to protect you, okay? We are not here to hurt you at all.
“You can protest, you can party, you can do whatever you want – just don’t break anything.”
The video has since been viewed more than three million times and hundreds of comments have been positive for the clip.
Papa Simeon told Newsweek, “Because she’s as smart as she is, she sees what’s going on even when we’re trying to hide things.
“She saw a little emotion in the crowd yesterday and started crying.
She also looked at the police officers with their equipment and sincerely asked the question.
“It’s not rehearsed, it came from a real place!”
He explained that he had explained to Simone “on a child’s level” what had happened in recent days.
George Floyd’s death led to a week of sometimes protests and civil unrest in the United States calling for racial equality.
Many of the marches have been peaceful with some officers showing support and solidarity, although there have been outbreaks of violence.