Charlotte boy gives ‘free hugs’ to officers after protests

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As violent protests ravaged Charlotte last week over the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a 5-year-old boy stepped in and supported the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department when he felt like very few did.

Jayden Hooker got scared during the protests and wanted to do something to help police officers. So he did what any kindergartner would do when they’re scared: he hugged it out.

“I want to give them hugs so they’re not scared,” little Jayden told his mother.

The Hooker family lives close to where Scott was shot, so when protests began, he became scared and wanted to know what was happening, according to CBS News. After several days of questions, Jayden heard on the news that police officers were shot and that’s when he came up with the idea.

“It’s something that he asked us and when we said no he kept persisting to do it,” said Jayden’s mother Deanna Hooker. “It kind of opened our eyes and we eventually said yes because it’s a beautiful thing.”

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department posted about Jayden’s kind act on Facebook Friday.

Several of the officers were in tears after his visit.

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