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Fire. Tear gas. Riot police.

That’s how most people would sum up the visuals they’ve seen coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, lately. And to a large extent, they would be accurate. Ever since the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August, violent protests have occurred in the city almost nightly. But amid the burning cars and clouds of tear gas, something else is going on. Last weekend, an image of a young boy hugging a police officer during a Ferguson demonstration in Portland, Oregon, went viral. Devonte Hart, 12, was holding a “Free Hugs” sign when the officer approached him and extended his hand.

The heartwarming image quickly became a symbol of peace and friendship during a time of unbelievable division. But it also reminded us that Ferguson isn’t completely engulfed in darkness. In fact, some people are shining brighter than ever before. Here’s a look at some of the most moving images we’ve seen come out of the protests:

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