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article image'Hot Cop of Castro' becomes newest Internet viral photo sensation

By Greta McClain     Jul 15, 2014 in Internet
San Fransisco - A San Francisco police officer has become the newest Internet viral photo sensation after his photo was posted on Facebook by an admirer.
No one could have predicted an innocent photo of a San Francisco police officer posted on Facebook would lead to a Facebook fan page and start a world wide love affair.
San Francisco resident Mark Abramson saw Officer Chris Kohrs sitting on his motorcycle in the Castro district on May 2nd of this year. Abramson asked if he could take a photo of the officer, and Kohrs agreed. A few hours later, Abramson passed by Kohrs again, told him the photo he had taken earlier was "too dark" and asked if he could take more photos. Kohrs agreed and Abramson posted the photos on his personal Facebook page later that day.
The photo began going viral locally, with other residents recognizing Kohrs and taking photos themselves. The photos began spreading across Facebook and soon lead to a fan page called Hot Cop of Castro. Nathan Tatterson, creator of the Hot Cop of Castro page, told NBC Bay Area News:
"Chris himself is not on Facebook. So no one had a forum for them to show their appreciation for him. So I thought it would be fun to create one. It took five minutes. No big deal. That got the ball rolling."
The ball definitely got rolling, with the fan page now having more than 39,500 fans since it went live on June 24th. Kohrs' popularity has generated various news articles and interviews, including an interview on Good Morning America, and he has even been featured on magazine covers according to The Daily Beast.
Tatterson went on to say:
“Once people started recognizing Officer Kohrs, they started chatting with him and realized that he wasn't just a pretty face. He was funny, nice, respectful with a huge dose of charm and humility. He also clearly loved his job and the attention he was getting at work.”
Perhaps one of Kohrs' most famous admirers is Tales of the City author, Armistead Maupin. As Maupin was travelling through the Castro on May 28th, he recognized Kohrs', asked to take a photo of him and posted it on his Facebook page.
Armistead Maupin
Kohrs is not just a local celebrity. His popularity has spread worldwide, with admirers as far away as Pakistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He has become particularly popular in France. Paris native Philippe Lowinski is even planning a trip to San Francisco in August to meet Kohrs in person, saying:
“In France, we are not used to that kind of gay-friendly officer, and that's why I had a crush on him. He seems like such a nice guy.....he’s also very charming."
The 36-years-old Kohrs is a six year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department. Although he has enjoyed his new found fame, he has no plans to change careers anytime soon, saying:
"I'm a police officer and I’ll leave the modeling and acting to the George Clooneys and Brad Pitts out there, the important people. At this point in time I don't have an interest in that but I appreciate the offers."
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