As you've no doubt heard by now, five police officers were shot to death last week by an anti-cop sniper named Micah Johnson at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.
Dr. Brian Williams is a surgeon at Parkland Memorial Hospital who treated the 12 officers who were hit by Johnson's bullets.
In the days since, he's openly discussed his grief over the five that he and his team were unable to save.
Yesterday, Williams contributed to the increasingly vital national conversation on race, when he opened up about both his support for and his fear of police officers as a black man living in America:
“It’s much more complicated for me personally because it’s not just about that one night,” he said at a news conference.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do about that, because it’s certainly a struggle. There’s this dichotomy where I’m standing with law enforcement, but I also personally feel and understand that angst when you cross the path of an officer in uniform and you’re fearing for your safety.
"I’ve been there and I understand that. But for me that does not condone disrespecting or killing police officers.
“That’s something I’m struggling with constantly, and I truly don’t know what I’m going to do next.
“I want my daughter to see me interacting with police [in a positive] way, so she doesn’t grow up with the same burden I carry when it comes to interacting with law enforcement.
"I want the Dallas Police to also see me, a black man, and understand that I support you, I will defend you and I will care for you.
“That doesn’t mean that I do not fear you. That doesn’t mean if you approach me, I will not immediately have a visceral reaction and start worrying for my personal safety. But I will control that the best I can and not let that impact how I deal with law enforcement.”
Williams' comments have drawn mixed reactions on social media, but for the most part, he's been applauded for speaking with such courage and candor at such a difficult time.
The recent rash of violence in America has raised a number of difficult questions, and none of them have easy answers.
In fact, it often seems as though the only thing that's clear is that there's no clear solution.
However, it does seem evident that the road to peace and equality begins with heroes such as Dr. Williams speaking openly about their unimaginably difficult experiences.