Tense protest turns emotional as 60 North Carolina police kneel before demonstrators

Tense protest turns emotional as 60 North Carolina police kneel before demonstrators, by Mark Price.

Police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, made a surprising move Monday during a tense stand off with protesters …

All 60-plus officers knelt before the marchers on Murchison Road.

“As a show of understanding the pain that is in our community and our nation regarding equality, the #FayPD took a knee to show that we also stand for justice for everyone,” the department wrote. “We are committed to listening and treating everyone with dignity and respect.”

Witnesses say some officers and protesters responded to the move with tears.

“The protesters first got mad when asked to step back, but once the officers knelt down, it was on. Men and women alike started crying and then cautiously came toward the police officers to shake their hands,” Mimamo Monika posted on Facebook.

“These are moments that will go down into history and will be taught to future generations.”

The three-hour march ended when the officers knelt, “with hugs and hand shakes between the officers and protesters,” WTVD reported.

There’s hope yet.