This Week in Pictures: Sept.17-23
This week, nightlife in New York City was disrupted as a bomb rattled the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, injuring 29 people. Authorities rushed to the scene and soon after found another improvised explosive device blocks away that had failed to detonate. With anxiety sweeping the city that had marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11 just a week earlier, investigators were able to lift a fingerprint off the second device and connect it to Ahmad Khan Rahami, whom they detained on Monday morning.
Authorities also looked into any possible connection the Chelsea attack might have had to an explosion in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, that took place earlier Saturday. Yet another bomb was found on Monday morning in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when commuters reported a suspicious backpack that turned out to be filled with explosives. That bomb detonated while being examined by an NYPD bomb squad robot.
On the same night, St. Cloud, Minnesota, mall-goers were attacked by a knife-wielding man who injured nine people before being fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by an Islamic State-linked news agency.
With the first presidential debate looming, candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump followed the news of the attacks through the week from the trail in various states. Speaking in front of the Congressional Black Caucus, President Barack Obama voiced a strong message, saying he would consider it a “personal insult” if African-American voters did not vote for Mrs. Clinton.
The sentiment came just days before two high-profile police shootings of black men took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, respectively.
The Tulsa officer who shot 40-year old Terence Crutcher, a black man who’s car had broken down, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.
Meanwhile, tensions skyrocketed in North Carolina as protesters marched in the streets and clashed with police following the fatal police shooting of Keith L. Scott, a 43-year-old black man near the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The demonstrations became violent on Wednesday night — the second night of protests — when a man was shot by another civilian.
In South Africa, students from various universities were met by police as they demonstrated for their right to free education and protested inequality — a movement galvanized under the social media tag #FeesMustFall. The protests began when the minister of higher education announced fee increases for universities for 2017.
Dozens of protesters died in political demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo when the governing administration postponed the presidential election.
As the week comes to a close, so too does one chapter of Barack Obama’s presidency. The commander in chief traveled to New York this week to give his final address to the U.N. General Assembly, where he recounted the progress made during his eight-year administration. The president also highlighted the problems we still face both internationally and as a nation, saying we are today living in a world defined by a paradox in which we are in many ways “less violent and more prosperous than ever before,” while continuing to be “filled with uncertainty, and unease, and strife.”
“I believe that at this moment we all face a choice,” Obama said. “We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration. Or we can retreat into a world sharply divided, and ultimately in conflict, along age-old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion.”
He continued, “I want to suggest to you today that we must go forward, and not backward.”