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Palo Alto's year in pictures

A look back at the faces, events that shaped 2016

Protests, peace gatherings and a presidential candidate inspiring hope along the campaign trail were among the key moments captured in images over the past 12 months that defined the community in 2016.

There were tense moments, like the protests and backlash that arose following the release of Stanford University athlete Brock Turner, who only served three months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. And there were exciting moments, like the exhibition match between the U.S. Women's Water Polo team and Russia before the Rio Olympics and a rally with thousands who came to "Feel the Bern" as Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke of his goals.

There were moments of compassion, too, captured in images of the group of veterans who routinely visit homeless encampments in search of fellow veterans who need treatment and shelter.

And finally, there were moments of introspection, such as discussions about privacy rights and surveillance following the FBI's pursuit to decrypt the San Bernadino terror suspect's phone password.

Together, these photos show some of the moments that affected the community and summarize 2016.

View these photos in a Facebook album here.

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