The Huffington Post | By Sasha Belenky
Following the death of Michael Brown, an African-American teenager, at the hands of a white police officer on Aug. 9, police in Ferguson, Missouri, have cracked down on protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Amid the chaos, however, there have also been inspiring scenes of kindness and generosity. Here are some of the ways people are helping each other in Ferguson:
Handing out food, water, diapers and other supplies to those in need:
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Sunday that a group of volunteers grilled more than 300 hot dogs for the Ferguson community and the police.
“We’re offering free lunch to anyone who comes by and the police,” Ferguson resident Mary Skees told the paper.
Helping protesters hit with tear gas:
“It felt like my eyes got knocked out of my head,” Cassandra Roberts, the woman in the above photo, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “My nose was running and I couldn’t breathe.”
Roberts said she was marching in Ferguson for the first time on Sunday, to show solidarity with the protesters. After she was hit with tear gas, a member of the crowd grabbed her and helped her to the McDonald’s.
“We thought it could be a peaceful night,” Roberts told the paper. “I just came down here to support my people. What the hell is going on in this world?”
Sheltering strangers in their homes:
Helping to clean up:
Outside groups are pitching in, too:
Some police officers have also been helping to reduce tensions:
Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol has walked side by side with the protesters, giving out hugs and kisses. A Ferguson native, Johnson was credited with sharply changing the tone of the relationship between the police and the protesters. The night of Thursday, Aug. 14 was the first night since the protests began that no violence was reported (though the peace was short-lived).
If you’ve seen any random acts of kindness in Ferguson, please let us know.
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