Photographer Says 'Ferguson Hug' Photo With Young Black Child And White Officer Was Staged

The Ferguson protests and demonstrations going on in other cities in honor of Mike Brown have garnered some iconic photos that depict many emotions and calls for action and peace. Recently, one picture surfaced that showed unity between a black child and a white officer.

In the picture, a teary-eyed 12-year-old Devonte Hart is hugging officer Brett Barnum during a demonstration in Portland, OR. Hart was carrying a sign that said he was giving out free hugs. The touching picture can evoke much emotion and spark unity, but what if it was fake?

Oregon photographer Alex Reidlinger told the Visionary Futures that the pictures is cropped so it doesn’t show the  photographers waiting to capture the staged photo. Riedlinger snapped these two pics before Hart hugged Barnum.


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In the first picture, Riedlinger says Hart is talking to his guardian before he approached Barnum and the second photo shows photographers preparing to snap the arranged moment.

Here’s what Riedlinger told Visionary Futures about what he saw:

“The cropping of an image is everything when it comes to its subjectivity and the way ideas are projected unto it.

Every picture I’ve seen of this crops out the circus of photographers that surrounded these two creating a captive audience. With such a captive audience I can’t really say that the officer did anything that his superiors wouldn’t have told him to do. They were there just as much for public relations as to keep the peace otherwise the dept. wouldn’t have sent every queer looking, POC and female cop on the force.

The way this image has been propagandized is highly disturbing to me because it distracts from the real issues. This has never been about the relationship between individual officers and young Black men, but about the way in which our institutions and society protect cops, granting them license to use lethal force in ANY circumstance. Whether they do use it or decide to demonstrate “love” is irrelevant.’

I would like to add that Devonte was crying before approaching the officer while he was talking to his guardian, presumably because he was terrified. This brings the question of coercion to my mind, but I’ll let ya’ll debate over it.”

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61 Responses to “Photographer Says 'Ferguson Hug' Photo With Young Black Child And White Officer Was Staged”

  1. Judah Nazayar

    smdh… Catch Judah Natzarah on youtube.. Supreme Coons part 2 coming up soon
    Israel.. stand the ckuf up!!! these other niccas are SELLING!!

    • atlantahiphopshop

      No disrespect but…WTF does Israel got to do with me, or you? Harlem stand up, Bronx stand up, ATL stand up, Detroit stand up!, Minnesota stand up, Alabama stand up. I am tired of you African American’s claiming Israel and all that other extreme bullsh!t. The Jews are part of OUR problem. If I hear one more of you damn brainwashed clowns claiming another Country IM going to b!tchslap you! And don’t hit me up with that corner soapbox Zion sh!t either!

      • Savimbi

        Riiiight far from logic, geographically speaking, even scientifically lol, if you were to take a DNA test of this clown @$$ 89.999999% of it would probably belong to west africa somewhere.

      • Judah Nazayar

        simple dumb nigga.. black actors already took the dna test.. and the rsults came back wid 6 different answers..including europe. U cant take no dna test for origin unless u have the very first man and women test others from them. Africa is a whiteman. And the hamites sold our ancestors to the whiteman. And here in slavery.. U cant FIND ONE GOOGLE PICTURE OF A BLACK SLAVE THATS CALLED AN AFRICAN

      • Celz

        Breathe… Now take ya meds fam.. If the bubonic plaque wiped out the whole white race “the man” and “the system” would still exist. Look at what’s happening in Africa now the slave owners don’t have pale skin anymore..

        All knowledge, language, culture, music, science was derived from Africa fam so technically there is no “whiteman’s” anything..

      • Judah Nazayar

        so this fukkin hamburglar didnt read where Africa is a whiteman. A roman general. The dumb nigga said all of that derives from Africa= the whiteman. Even if he meant HAMITES. Where on that continent are Hamites leading in.. SCIENCE, CULTURE,LANGUAGE,AND KNOWLEDGE?= where.. NAME 1 COUNTRY!! Name a Hamite University..where ppl go to learn Hamite language and music? YOU CANT!! BECUZ HAMITES ARE NOT OUR PPL! Ham only had 1 great Nation= EGYPT..after that was a wrap! And these Egyptians are the SAME WEST COAST HAMITES who sold your ancestors to the whiteman. Niggas cant stop being a slave minded coon if their life depended on it. smh..Please dont have children. Cuz them lil niggas are destined for the strip club pole and the penitentiary! Cuz u niggas aint gonna teach them nothin

      • Solo

        Ay man, at least dude knows his history and he has facts to back it up. The rest of yall are just talking. Come with some facts cuz i honestly agree with what he’s saying. We dont even know the history of our own people and most of us are cool with that. We’re a lost race man.

      • Judah Nazayar

        Mukoma W Ngugi

        Africans who live in America do not share the history of struggle for civil rights, and indeed, even today, do not experience racism in the same way – the ‘African foreigner privilege’,

        But so called Africans are DARKER than NEGROES.. so obviously its NOT a COLOR thing. Its NATIONALISTIC..just like the Bible says.. so when a ignorant coon tries to say we are Africans..Just start punching the dumb nicca in his teeth for teaching boolshet

      • Savimbi

        Stop lying to yourself cuz, there are sites in Western Africa that show the gateway from where slaves were brought to America!

      • Savimbi

        For argument sake, let’s not use the term Africa but the home of the Bantus, Mandigos etc that’s where your black ass is from

      • Solo

        Hahaha, “silly milli vanilli niggas”, i love that! I’m stealing it.

      • Judah Nazayar

        and this savimbi nicca is a coon to his heart. this dumb nicca is so lost..he said *probably*= this nicca has no clue who he is..where he comes from..and dont long as he can eat pork chops and watch Drake videos

      • Judah Nazayar

        u clown. *if u were knowledgable of self* and quit worshipping white ppl.. U would know the difference between *JEWISH* and JEW/JUDAHITE..
        and what the fukk is a *african American*= the names of two white men. Harlem, Bronx, ATL, Minnesota, Detroit, alabama… the WHITEMANS COUNTRY!!
        and if u dont like the soap this is what u do. Take the whitemans rod out ya tonsils. go get a rope, a stool and van halens greatest hits.. and then press play. By the first song.. u should know what to do.
        Israelites are doing what u saggy pants simple minded are not doing= EVERYTHING! being a nigga is played out and gets u nowhere.

      • atlantahiphopshop

        I can condense my rant to two words and make this real simple, You’re Crazy! But I’m not.

        I have plenty knowledge of self, so much so, I do not have to seek out any crackpot religions or radical extremes. I can deal with life on it’s own terms and succeed beyond most, raise a family and practice a rational spirituality. I am sane, boring, plain, responsible and normal niggga, get your mind right and quit trying to act like a fuck!ng arab! I am sure I know more about what you “preach” than you do. Your sh!t aint new. If I was a cult leading hustler I could sell you a religion as well playboy, You aint deep. Let me teach you about knowledge of wealth, and knowledge of health. You have too much time on your hands, and not enough in your mind. I am sure your immediate family members were not raised to believe any of your new found amazing beliefs, guess why?

        You come from Kings already. Kings that have a diverse and creative history. Your history has been shamed and now you are embarrassed of it. Grasp your real self young man, accept what you are in the place that your feet touch soil. That soil is the same soil your ancestors were beaten and enslaved on. You must first get right with your immediate genetic heritage before you find your deeper self. Your fight is here, where you dwell. You must learn to adapt to the environment and educate on the level of basic comprehension, extremes get you nowhere.

      • Judah Nazayar

        but ya mother likes me.. u bar b que pork chop eating ass nigga..
        now go shine the whitemans shoes..sucka azz nigga

      • Jahmal Johnson

        I really appreciate you removing all doubt that your clown. Speaking of your mother, I really do feel sorry for her. I’m sure she wished you turned out a little brighter than you are!

    • MrNoName2K

      Do us a your ass a one way ticket to Israel and destroy your US Passport. Outside the political bs thats going on(as it does it every damn country), its still USA nigga..CALI/NC RAISE THA F*CK UP!!

    • EDOGZ818

      Can’t wait for “Supreme Coons 2 : The Return Of Coon ” & the Documentary “Cooney High” about 4 coons cooning their way through High School. Too bad Bill Cosby isn’t getting that Black Film Studio, word on the “SkReet” is that your scripts “Attack Of the Coons” & “Coon Squad” were the 1st two projects slated for release.

  2. Celz

    I tell you how it goes when your in Israel. They used to buy the whole science proved that there are black Hebrews but now they are starting to restrict who is let in just like here. You’ll find drama in your own damn house it’s human nature.. There is no utopia..

    • Judah Nazayar

      how are u going to tell me anything? especially if your a so called negro. Your going to have to get out of america. The whiteman is planning on exterminating negroes. What do u think New world Order means? Keep negroes amongst the ghettoes? No! why do u think all the killing is for? So negroes fight back..and they have a reason to get militarized police to come n these hoods and wipe niccas out. So..u esau loving niggas think u gonna join the whiteman? U niggas got that Charles Barkley spirit. U aint gonna be able to stay in america Coonsbury farms.. You gonna have to get the fukk out. Just like the Bible says. Smh..silly rabbit. Cooning for porchmonkeys

      • Solo

        “So negroes fight back..and they have a reason to get militarized police to come n these hoods and wipe niccas out. ”

        ^ This.

  3. Q.

    “The way this image has been propagandized is highly disturbing to me because it distracts from the real issues.”

    “I would like to add that Devonte was crying before approaching the
    officer while he was talking to his guardian, presumably because he was


  4. Catherine

    OF COURSE there were photographers all over, just waiting for opportunities to capture images like this one. That doesn’t mean that the exchange was orchestrated for that purpose. Redlinger is an idiot for not researching this child’s history, nor talking with the boy’s mother (MOTHER, not ‘guardian’) before formulating and publicly broadcasting his opinions. If he had, he would understand Devonte’s tears, and why they were present before his interaction with the officer. If *all* parents were like Devonte’s parents, there would be no ‘Furguson’ to rally about.

  5. anita

    well ur a big whoppin dumbass if u think that flash photography in the evening won’t blacken a background/ make it look darker out than it is. duh. it’s flash.

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