What happens when two police officers walk down the street with signs that say “Free Hugs”?
The Newark Delaware Police Department posted a video on their Facebook page that answers that question.
In the original video on their facebook page, which already has nearly 5 million views, Corporal James Spadola and Officer First Class Aaron Olicker offer hugs to anyone who wants them.
Spadola explained that he came up with the #HugACop idea because there has been so much negative news surrounding police.
“I just wanted to come up with a positive time between the police and the citizens,” Spadola said.
Despite all of the negative press law enforcement has gotten recently, they still have a lot of support from most citizens. Can such a feel-good project repair any of the damage done to the organization as a whole? That depends on how well this #HugACop campaign catches on nationwide. Given the viral status this video has already achieved, odds are that it could have some effect, but long-term improved relations may take more than a hug.
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