People hold hands at a vigil outside the Triple S convenience store, where Alton Sterling was shot, in Baton Rouge, La., on July 6, 2016.
People hold hands at a vigil outside the Triple S convenience store, where Alton Sterling was shot, in Baton Rouge, La., on July 6, 2016.Gerald Herbert—AP
People hold hands at a vigil outside the Triple S convenience store, where Alton Sterling was shot, in Baton Rouge, La., on July 6, 2016.
Nishka Johnson touches a makeshift memorial for Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, La., on July 6, 2016.
Protestors stand on cars as they congregate in Baton Rouge, La., on July 6, 2016.
Pastor Patricia Bell, right, prays with Gabriella Dunn and her children, at the scene of the shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn. on July 7, 2016.
Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton expresses his condolences to Diamond Reynolds for the death of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, outside the governor's residence in St. Paul, Minn. on July 7, 2016.
Protesters march near the Flatiron Building in New York City, on July 7, 2016.
Protesters take to the streets in New York City, on July 7, 2016.
Demonstrator march toward Capitol Hill from The White House in Washington, D.C., on July 7, 2016.
Police officers stand guard at a barricade following a sniper shooting in Dallas, on July 7, 2016.
A clerk looks at shattered windows after a sniper shooting in Dallas, on July 8, 2016.
Bullet casings and police gear are laid out at the scene of a sniper shooting, in Dallas, on July 8, 2016.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown is greeted with a hug at a prayer vigil following the deaths of five police officers in Dallas on July 8, 2016.
People gather for a prayer vigil following the deaths of five police officers in Dallas on July 8, 2016.
People hold hands at a vigil outside the Triple S convenience store, where Alton Sterling was shot, in Baton Rouge, La.,
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15 Photos and Videos From a Deadly Week of Shootings

Jul 09, 2016

This week, crowds of demonstrators gathered around the country to protest the police shooting deaths of two black men: Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge, La. on July 5 at point-blank range, after being tackled by police and pinned to the ground. His death was recorded on video and sparked immediate protests in the Louisiana capital.

On July 6, a day later, Philando Castile was shot in Falcon Heights, Minn. after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop. A video of the incident's aftermath was also captured by Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, and reached nearly 2.5 million views on Facebook by the next day.

On July 7, demonstrators gathered in New York City's Union Square at 5 p.m. Protesters then marched up 5th Ave., against the flow of traffic, through Times Square and past Central Park up to Malcolm X Blvd. in Harlem, chanting "Black lives matter" and "No justice, no peace."

They also notably chanted "We gon' be alright," a poignant lyric from Kendrick Lamar's song "Alright," which the New York Times described as the "unifying soundtrack" for the Black Lives Matters movement. That same night in Washington D.C., hundreds of people marched from the White House to the steps of the Capitol, storming through barricades.

Later on July 7, five police officers were killed in Dallas and nine others were injured by a shooter during an anti-police brutality protest. The attacker was later identified as Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, who was killed by a bomb robot detonated by Dallas police on July 8. Following the shooting, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown and locals from the city united for a tribute to the fallen officers.

Protesters in Times Square in New York City, on July 7, 2016.
Protesters in Times Square in New York City, on July 7, 2016. Kenneth Bachor for TIME

Protesters Take Over the Streets of New York City on July 7

A woman parks her car in the middle of 5th Ave., to block oncoming traffic, shows solidarity with protestors in New York City, on July 7, 2016.A woman parks her car in the middle of 5th Ave. to block oncoming traffic, in solidarity with protesters, in New York City, on July 7, 2016.  Kenneth Bachor for TIME 
Protesters pause in Harlem in New York City, on July 7, 2016.Protesters in New York City's Harlem Neighborhood, on July 7, 2016.  Kenneth Bachor for TIME 
Police officers stand guard at a barricade following a sniper shooting in Dallas, on July 7, 2016.
Police officers stand guard at a barricade following a sniper shooting in Dallas, on July 7, 2016. Laura Buckman—AFP/Getty Images

Five Police Officers Are Killed in Dallas on July 7

A clerk looks at shattered windows after a sniper shooting in Dallas, on July 8, 2016.A clerk looks at a store's shattered windows after a sniper shooting in Dallas, on July 8, 2016.  LM Otero—AP 
Dallas Police Chief David Brown is greeted with a hug at a prayer vigil following the deaths of five police officers in Dallas on July 8, 2016.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown, right, is greeted with a hug at a prayer vigil following the deaths of five police officers in Dallas, on July 8, 2016.Spencer Platt—Getty Images

Dallas Mourns on July 8

People gather for a prayer vigil following the deaths of five police officers in Dallas on July 8, 2016.People gather for a prayer vigil following the deaths of five police officers in Dallas, on July 8, 2016. Spencer Platt—Getty Images 
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