Ken E. Nwadike Jr. went out to the protests on Wednesday night and offered ‘free hugs’ to police officers in Charlotte.
He was immediately verbally assaulted by the black protesters.
The Blaze reported:
Amid all the violence, frustration and yelling, one man has descended into Charlotte to offer law enforcement officers something they probably aren’t expecting: a hug.
But when Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., a black man, began hugging two Charlotte police officers during the protests Wednesday night, infuriated demonstrators began verbally assaulting him for the kind gesture. One protester even called Nwadike a “p***y n****r.”
“It’s not even like that,” he responded, once he heard the demonstrators yelling expletives toward him. “It’s about staying neutral — that’s what’s important.”
But the protesters, raising their voices, continued berating Nwadike, who then asked them, pointing at the officer he just hugged, “Did he kill somebody?” The demonstrator offered no answer.
Nwadike told the frustrated crowd that he understands their concerns, adding that he’s “hurt” just like them, but warned against making sweeping generalizations about law enforcement officers, comparing it to when some people make assumptions about all black people.