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2016: Five photos that marked the year

If there was one story that made photographs this year, it was the 2016 presidential election. 

In March, three separate presidential campaigns converged on Tucson in a single weekend. 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who was running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, arrived first that weekend and encouraged a crowd of more than 4,400 at the Tucson Convention Center to push for a "political revolution" with him at its helm. 

The next day, Donald Trump came to the TCC, an event marked by violence and protests. 

Outside, Trump supporters had to face a gauntlet of protestors, who attacked the candidate as a racist, while inside, at least a dozen protestors were removed. This included Bryan Sanders, 33, who was sucker-punched by Tony Pettway, 32, as he was escorted from the event by security. 

After Sanders was removed and Pettway was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault, Trump said "That's a disgrace. Y'know, they're taking away our First Amendment rights," he said. "They're troublemakers; they're no good. We'd better be careful. We've got to take our country back, folks."

The next morning, former President Bill Clinton attended a rally for his wife, Hillary, at Sunnyside High School. 

Even as the national election continued to absorb attention, the campaign for Pima County sheriff veered into mud-slinging as Richard Carmona, a former official with the department, held a press conference and blasted Sheriff Chris Nanos, accusing the incumbent sheriff of "unacceptable" behavior. Within a week, Nanos found himself fending off more accusations after his chief deputy, Chris Radtke, was indicted for misusing RICO funds. 

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Nanos held his own press conference, but by then it was clear that his re-election campaign was doomed. 

Nanos bristled at a column written by Arizona Daily Star's Tim Steller, who wrote that Nanos lacked the political skills or vision to run the department. And, then after reading a prepared statement, Nanos refused to answer questions, telling one reporter: "I'm sorry, I've gotta be a politician now. It was nicer when I could just answer questions." 

Earlier that year, in February, the group People Helping People in the Borderlands set up shop near a Border Patrol checkpoint with binoculars, video cameras and clipboards to record the interactions between agents and people driving north from the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, about 40 miles southwest of Tucson. The group began a similar operation at the checkpoint near Amado, Arizona in 2014. 

For the next year, U.S. Border Patrol would face multiple accusations by humanitarian and civil rights groups that it was violating the rights of detained immigrants, including a court case in which a federal judge agreed and issued his own orders requiring the agency to change parts of its policies. 

At the same time, the agency also attempted to improve the transparency of cases involving the use of force, including shootings. The year before, the agency began releasing use-of-force statistics showing the number of times that agents used firearms, tasers, and other weapons. 

However, in April reporting by the TucsonSentinel.com found that the agency had held back from reporting an incident involving a group of elite BP agents, known as BORTAC, who fired on smugglers near Arizona City, west of Eloy. No one was hurt in the incident. 

Border Patrol also withheld the details of a shooting in January near Apache, Arizona. 

By the summer, three cases involving shootings were reviewed by federal judges. In May, a federal judge ruled that the shooting of a Douglas-area teenager, Carlos LaMadrid, 19, was justifiable, ending his family's civil suit. 

A second civil lawsuit by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was shot by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz while walking along a street in Nogales, Sonora, stalled in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A panel of three judges held back from making their own decision while the U.S. Supreme Court mulls a third case involving an incident in El Paso, Texas, arguing that they needed to wait to see if the nation's highest court issues a precedence. 

As part of the TucsonSentinel.com's Panorama De La Linea project, we went to the site in Douglas where LaMadrid was shot in order to better understand the terrain and the issue at hand. 

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Bryan Sanders, 33, protests outside the Tucson Convention Center just before Donald Trump, then a candidate for the Republican primary, held a rally. Sanders would later be punched in the face and kicked by a Donald Trump supporter as he was removed by security.