An Activist Went To The Charlotte Protests To Spread Peace And Love Through Hugs

Unity through hugs.

Residents of Charlotte are still trying to make sense of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, an African American who was reportedly unarmed when he was killed on Tuesday. Peaceful demonstrations in downtown Charlotte turned violent this week, with several people injured and one civilian fatally shot.

In the midst of the chaos, one man went to the protests to give out free hugs.

Ken Nwadike travels across the country to spread love and positivity through hugs. He began his movement, known as the Free Hugs Project, following the Boston marathon bombing in 2013.

Nwadike said that in Charlotte, peaceful protesters were pepper sprayed or maced when things got out of hand.

"There are good cops and there are bad cops," Nwadike said to CNN. "Every time that we have one of these cases that pops up, we can't go and get upset at the other 90 something percent of police officers that are just trying to do their job."

A video at the Charlotte protests shows Nwadike arguing with some protesters and giving hugs to anyone there who wanted one — including the police officers.

(Warning: video contains some NSFW language.)

After posting his video from Charlotte, Nwadike wrote on Facebook about the difficulties he encountered while fighting for peace on the front lines.

"Hate and violence won't fix the damage that has been done, only love can do that," he wrote.

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