PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two different images of the Hart family have emerged since their SUV went over a cliff and into the Pacific Ocean along the California coast earlier this week.
One image is of a family in crisis. The other is of a loving family trying to make the world a better place.
Singer Jenni Price of the band Acoustic Minds wrote the song “Quicksand” which was inspired by Devonte Hart and the famous photo from 2014 where he hugged a Portland police officer during a protest.
When Price approached Jennifer Hart about making the video for the song, she said the Harts were reluctant.
“They had been laying very low due to the backlash of the photo,” she told KOIN 6 News in an email. “They had gone into hiding and just became a bit recluse due to death threats they had recieved.”
The band wanted to capture the family in their natural element. Price wrote she “had never met a family like this…They did not have TV, they did not use cell phone, they did not have technology in ways like children are glued. Instead their home was filled with books, musical instruments, artistic equipment like paint and crayons and markers and huge construction paper for art projects, their yard was open and a large part of it was a garden.”
Price said all of the signs in the protest scenes were previously made for past rallies.
“This family exemplified the hope, acceptance, genuine will of unconditional love for ALL beings. I am a better human for knowing them. I am honored to have got to spend the time that I did with them,” she wrote.
But she said she cannot reconcile what she knows about the Hart family with why neighbors felt they needed to call Child Protective Services.