When nine black churchgoers in Charleston were massacred by a white man with Confederate sympathies last year, the city stayed calm and the victims' families offered examples of grace and forgiveness.
Now that church shooting suspect Dylann Roof has been convicted in a federal death penalty trial, some say the parade of killings of black people feels at odds with the call to forgive.
Roof's guilty verdict came less than two weeks after a jury deadlocked in the case of a white ex-police officer charged with fatally shooting Walter Scott in the back as he fled during an April 2015 traffic stop. Such cases are stoking a longing for justice among black Americans looking to hold someone accountable. Prosecutions and convictions of officers in such cases have been rare.