This Week in Pictures: Sept. 24-30
Protests continued in the United States after the fatal police shootings of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher last week and Alfred Olango this week in El Cajon, Calif., all three of whom were black men.
In North Carolina community backlash and public pressure intensified, prompting the Charlotte Police department to release the police footage, providing new perspective on both the final minutes of Scott’s life and the immediate aftermath– but questions still linger as to whether or not he was armed.
It was a tough week in the sports world as the nation mourned the death of two prominent figures. Arnold Palmer, one of golf’s most famous and influential players, died at the age of 87. A note posted on Twitter by close friend and fierce golf rival Jack Nicklaus said, “Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even a great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in the sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself.” Sunday morning, news broke that José Fernández, a 24-year-old superstar pitcher for the Miami Marlins, had been killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach, Florida. Fernández became a fan favorite in part because of his remarkable life story – which included time in prison for trying to defect from Cuba and a heroic rescue of his own mother amid his eventually successful attempt to flee the Communist country for the U.S.
Marlin’s players honored Fernández on Monday by wearing his number 16 on their jerseys. Starting batter Dee Gordon stunned viewers inside and outside Marlin Park when he hit his first home run of the year, sending a jolt of hope through the entire team and stadium hurting from their loss. The video of the hit went viral.
The political season is officially in its home stretch. Republican and Democratic nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took the stage for their first debate Monday, sharing sharp exchanges as they clashed over their differing visions for the country’s future.
Meanwhile, amid the heated political discourse, a moment of moving bipartisanship was captured during the dedication of the National Museum of African American History, as first lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush shared a warm embrace.
Overseas, the crisis in Aleppo grew more severe as government forces and Russian allies bombed the Syrian city after the ceasefire deal collapsed. Hundreds have been killed or wounded in what has been described as the worst bombardment since the civil war erupted.
It was a devastating morning for commuters in the New York area on Thursday as a train crashed into a New Jersey station platform during rush hour, killing one person and injuring more than 100. Officials have not yet determined the reason for the crash, which occurred inside New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken Terminal.
The week came to a close with the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, who died at the age of 93. Peres, an influential and important founding leader of Israel, spent more than 60 years in public service. Peres is remembered as a leader in building up Israel’s military while also working to obtain peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton were among the 90 delegations from 70 countries to pay their respects to Peres.
In a personal statement released by Obama after hearing the news of Peres’s passing, he said, “A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever.”