A 23-year-old man was seen giving out bottled water to riot police during a Black Lives Matter protest.
On Mary 31 in a Target store in Pittsburg, the 23-year-old Alexander Cash and his friends got out of their homes to protest the death of George Floyd. Instead of using violence to make their voices heard, they wanted to spread love and positivity to make the authorities listen to them.
“I wanted to come out to spread love, spread peacefulness,” Alexander said in an interview.
As the crows of demonstrators grew, riot police also showed up to guard the area. That was when Alexander did something that touched the cops present during the protest and thousands more who saw the news.
The young black man approached the police officers lined up in the Target parking lot and gave out bottled waters to them.
“I know you guys are thirsty,” he said to the riot police. “I’m just trying to spread a message, okay? I know you guys are out here doing your jobs. I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at the ones that are doing it to us, do you understand? We came out here peaceful, that’s what I’m trying to show you.”
The bottles of water were also donated to the protesters by someone who saw the protest going on. Alexander thought that they should share it also with the police present during that hot day to express his love to them.
“All the stuff they did downtown is really tragic. I want to show that we can be peaceful,” Alexander said.
Peaceful protests are being reported all over the country. This does show us that violence would never be the answer to the issues our country is facing. What we need at this very moment is our love for one another and our unity as one nation.
Reference: Pittsburgh’s Action News