Police officers across the US stand in solidarity with George Floyd protesters

Police officers across the US have stood in solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrators as they protest the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.

White police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds last week, despite Floyd's desperate repeated pleas for help. Floyd passed out and later died. 

His death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans sparking outrage and protests country-wide.

A Louisville officer was filmed hugging a demonstrator in a touching act of solidarity

The officer - wearing a protective helmet and clutching a baton - holds the weary protester

A Louisville officer - wearing a protective helmet and clutching a baton - was filmed hugging a demonstrator in a touching act of solidarity

In Benecia, California, officers were seen kneeling to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The crowd cheered as the officers knelt in front of them

In Benecia, California, officers were seen kneeling to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement

But a series of touching videos show police officers up and down the nation joining protesters by kneeling or marching alongside them. Some cops were even seen embracing weary activists.

The gestures of solidarity spread nation-wide after footage of Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson took off his helmet and laid down his baton to walk with demonstrators in Flint, Michigan.

The clip swiftly went viral and other police departments appear to have followed suit.

In New York City, a video shared to Twitter shows an NYPD officer kneeling with protesters as the crowd erupts into cheers.

The officer raises his fist to the sky before standing up to hug a demonstrator.

In New York, a police officer hugs a protester after they knelt together in Queens

In New York, a police officer hugs a protester after they knelt together in Queens

Another clip from the Big Apple shows an NYPD officer kneeling to hug a protester as a mass of activists applauded around them.

In Benecia, California, officers were seen kneeling to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

In the video taken in Flint, Sheriff Swanson can be heard telling protesters: 'I took the helmet off, laid the batons down.

'I want to make this a parade. Not a protest. You've got little ones here, you've got dogs so listen, I'm just telling you. These cops love you.

'That cop over there hugs people. So you tell us what you need to do.'

A protester in the crowd can then be heard yelling 'walk with us' as other join in her chant.

Sheriff Swanson triumphantly shouts 'lets walk' as the group cheers.

In New York City, a video shared to Twitter shows an NYPD officer kneeling with protesters as the crowd erupts into cheers

The officer raises his fist to the sky before standing up to hug a demonstrator

In New York City, a video shared to Twitter shows an NYPD officer kneeling with protesters as the crowd erupts into cheers. The officer raises his fist to the sky before standing up to hug a demonstrator

One demonstrator can be seen putting his arm around the cop as they head off.  

A Louisville officer - wearing a protective helmet and clutching a baton - was filmed hugging a demonstrator in a touching act of solidarity.

The video in Louisville emerged after a protester was last night shot dead by law enforcement officers on the fourth night of unrest in the city.

It is not clear if the man was shot by National Guard - who were brought in on Saturday to quell the unrest - or by a police

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