Death. Chaos. Pain. Anguish. These are tumultuous times in this nation and the world.
Unarmed black men and women are being slaughtered at the hands of law enforcement—people whose job it is to protect and serve. Black people throughout the nation are enraged, bewildered and fearful of their lives.
But on Thursday, the police became a target.
Shots rang out during peaceful demonstrations to protest the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. A sniper shot 12 police officers, leaving five officers dead and seven wounded. This is chilling.
In photos we reflect on the past 72 hours of tumult.
Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root.