Viral photo shows black officer helping elderly white supremacist find shelter in heat

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A photo being shared on social media appears to show a black police officer helping an elderly white supremacist find shelter from the heat.

Photographer Rob Godfrey captured the moment during rallies Saturday at the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia that involved Ku Klux Klan and Black Panthers groups.

The officer in the photo has been identified as South Carolina Director of Public Safety Leroy Smith.

Smith appears to be helping a man who was reportedly with the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, a group from North Carolina.

“(N)ot an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter & water as heat bears down,” the Twitter post reads.

Temperatures reached 95-97 degrees during the rallies, according to Weather Underground.

Supporters of the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Panthers rallied for and against the Confederate flag during the rallies.

Five people were arrested and seven people were transported by ambulances for medical treatment.

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