This Week in Pictures: July 16-22
Last week, an attempted military coup in Turkey left hundreds dead and thousands arrested. Tens of thousands of government and education officials were fired or asked to resign. On Wednesday, President Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency, which will impose strict laws on citizens in an attempt by Erdogan to root out those who pose a threat to his government.
On Sunday, a shooter killed three police officers and injured three others in Baton Rouge, La. The gunman was identified as a former Marine and resident of Kansas City, Mo. The shooting came less than two weeks after a shooter in Dallas killed five officers and injured nine others during a protest against police brutality.
On Monday, Baltimore police officer Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer involved in the death of Freddie Gray, was acquitted of all charges. Rice was the fourth officer to be put on trial for the death of Gray in 2015 – two of the other three officers put on trial so far were also acquitted, and the first officer’s trial ended in a hung jury.
China saw devastating flooding this week, with 75 people either dead or missing and tens of thousands forced to evacuate.
The Republican National Convention kicked off on Monday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, and has been defined by both enthusiastic supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and by angry anti-Trump protesters. In possibly the biggest scandal of the event, Melania Trump delivered an opening-night speech that contained nearly word-for-word lines from first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. In the days following, a Trump staffer has come forward to accept responsibility and offer her resignation, which the Trump family refused to accept. On Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz delivered a prime time speech in which he refused to endorse Trump, eliciting emphatic boo’s from the audience.
In sports, the 103rd edition of the Tour de France continued as cyclists completed stages 14 through 19, traveling from Montélimar to Albertville, France. In Rio de Janeiro, workers continued to clean up the city in preparation for the upcoming Olympic games.