In Chandler, Arizona (USA), a police officer managed to persuade a suicidal man from jumping off a bridge – by offering him a hug.
Footage of the incident has been released by Chandler Police Department released in which we can see a 26-year-old man, having scaled the railing of the bridge over Highway 101, getting prepared to jump.
Officer A.Little was called out to the bridge and spoke to the man, building good rapport with him, and was eventually able to convince him not to jump. The man climbed off the railing and back to safety.
In the video we can hear Little saying:
“I’ll hug you, man. I just want to talk to you. I swear”
“Climb up over that fence, I’ll give you that hug.”
After climbing back to safety, the man can then be heard crying as he hugs the police officer.
Watch the video below:
In the early evening of Thursday, March 28, 2019, a 26-year-old male climbed the protective railing of a pedestrian bridge that spans the Price Freeway with the intent to jump. Officer A. Little arrived at the bridge and, after developing a rapport with the male, Officer Little was able to convince him to climb off the railing and back to the safety of the bridge.While this incident is extraordinary, the compassion Officer Little showed is a common occurrence with the men & women of the Chandler Police Department.Officer Little’s body worn camera captured their interaction:
Posted by Chandler Police Department on Wednesday, 12 June 2019