Within a day of each other, two men were shot and killed by U.S. police officers.
They hailed from different parts of the country — one from Louisiana in the south, the other from Minnesota in the north.
But they shared many similarities. Both were black. Both had their last moments caught on camera. And both of their deaths were watched and shared by millions across the globe.
Their deaths have drawn people — brandishing signs emblazoned with the message #BlackLivesMatter — to the streets in their droves, demanding the world take notice of shootings that feel sadly commonplace in the U.S., yet are no less provocative.