A touching moment an officer hugs crying girl who asked, ‘are you gonna shoot us?’ during a protest in Texas.

As thousands protest against the unlawful death of George Floyd, tensions surrounding the police force have never been so high.

People have been taking to the streets for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustices in the police force to end.

But Not All Police Officers Are ‘Bad Cops’

In the last few weeks, various stories have emerged about the solidarity between police officers and protesters.

Despite the ongoing issue with police racism, there’s also a staggering number of genuinely heroic officers out there.

And footage of one of these officers has gone viral after he did something amazing during a protest.

At a Protest in Houston, a Little Girl Was Quite Afraid at the Sight of Cops

5-year-old Simone Bartee was with her parents marching in a peaceful protest in Houston, Texas when she suddenly broke into tears.

A police officer who was walking by saw the little girl in distress and asked her what was wrong.

And Simone Asked Something Truly Heartbreaking

The girl asked the officer if he was going to hurt her family, adding:

 “Are you gonna shoot us?”

In a bid to reassure her, the officer responded by putting his arm around her, pulling her in for a hug.

He told the terrified girl:

“We’re here to protect you, okay? We’re not here to hurt you at all. You can protest, you can party, you can do whatever you want.”

The Little Girl Replied With a Nod

The girl’s parents, Sion and Simeon, captured the emotional exchange on camera.

When the father spoke with KTRK about the encounter, he thanked the officer for his kindness.

He also thanked the cop for giving him a glimpse of what good law enforcement can look like.

He said:

“We have dealt with a lot of pain from that, and it’s kind of gone full circle for me now.”

“I just want to tell the officer thank you for giving me a different perspective on what police officers (the good cops) are like.”

The Heartwarming Moment Has Since Gone Viral

After the footage was shared online, many were quick to commend the officer for his kindhearted actions.

One person wrote:

“Thank you for capturing & sharing this profound moment. I wonder if the officer didn’t learn more from this exchange than your daughter did.”

Another said:

“This brought tears to my eyes. No child should ever have to ask that question. Thank you again.”