A group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators and a group of counter-protesters began Sunday afternoon standing on separate sides of a street in northeast Dallas —but by day’s end, the two groups were exchanging hugs and support.
Dallas Morning News reports that the Black Lives Matter group dressed in all black, marching across U.S. Highway 75 chanting “too black, too strong” in wake of recent shootings across the nation. They took position across from the counter-protesters who waved an American flag, Texas flags and a black-and-blue flag in honor of police.
After about an hour of exchanging angry words with one another, group leaders met in the middle as Sgt. Jeff Hall, a 27-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department acted as a mediator.
The two reached an agreement and brought their groups together, exchanging names, handshakes and hugs. CNN reports that before the protesters went home, they huddled together to say a prayer — including one police officer who had initially been keeping the groups separate.
“Today, we’re going to show the rest of the country how we came together,” said the counter-protest’s representative. “We’re going to leave our mark on history today.”