Video of a protester donating water to police on patrol in the US state of Pennsylvania in a ‘peace-offering’ act has gone viral, as protests and riots over the death of George Floyd continue to run rampant across the country.
Video of a protester donating water to police on patrol in the US state of Pennsylvania in a 'peace-offering' act has gone viral, as protests and riots over the death of George Floyd continue to run rampant across the country.
The man was filmed walking towards more than a dozen state police officers stationed in Pittsburgh, with a packet of water bottles in hand.
In an amicable manner, the protester explained to officers the reasoning behind one of the peaceful protests which occurred earlier in the city on Sunday.
"I know you guys are thirsty," he said.
"I wasn't yelling at y'all, don't be looking at me like that.
"Just trying to spread a message okay."
In the video the protester, who organised one of the city's peaceful protests, told police he held no ill-feelings towards them.
"I know you guys are out here doing your job," he said.
"I'm not mad at you."
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The group of police officers then chorused 'thank you', as the man left the collection of water – which was initially donated to protesters – at their feet.
The peace-offering has more than two million views online after retired NBA basketballer Rex Chapman posted it on Twitter.https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1267473052620578816
"A wonderful 44-seconds," Chapman said.
"This was how the peaceful protest concluded yesterday — with one of the organisers giving the state police water that was donated to protesters. Please listen to his words."
Numerous arrests have since been made in Pittsburgh after a small group of protesters broke off from a larger, peaceful protest and vandalised businesses.
The unrest comes as President Donald Trump warned the US military would be deployed to stop riots across the country.
"Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled," he said.
A nightly curfew has also been put in place in Pittsburgh between 8.30pm and 6am.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/george-floyd-death-protester-donates-water-police-pittsburgh-pennsylvania/16155298-9cde-47e3-a19a-4ebc25ac1720