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Schenectady settles into state of unease evening after peaceful George Floyd protests

Schenectady settles into state of unease evening after peaceful George Floyd protests

Schenectady settles into state of unease evening after peaceful George Floyd protests
Officers in front of Proctors Sunday evening
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

Downtown settled into a state of unease as the city-issued state of emergency took effect at 7 p.m.

Authorities barricaded State Street between Clinton Street and Erie Boulevard, as well as streets around City Hall, closing off a swath of downtown from vehicular traffic.

But despite what both protesters and city police characterized as a peaceful event with a productive outcome, tension remained as a group of roughly 30 protesters engaged with officers in riot gear guarding Proctors. 

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“What this is about is catharsis of the community at large,” said a woman who identified herself as Dahni. 

The group dispersed to the city police station blocks away, where they sparred with Niskayuna police officers guarding the station as police monitored from the rooftop. 

Update 9 a.m.: Schenectady has quiet night after peaceful George Floyd protest Sunday

Others huddled in idling cars. 

Numerous businesses were boarded up downtown late Sunday, including CVS. Those who couldn’t taped signs to their windows stating “black lives matter” and “we stand with you.” 

Others cleared stores of inventory and maintained cautious vigils. 

Mark Kent, co-owner of Lyle’s Hogies, said he would stay out all night if necessary to protect his family-owned business from rioting. 

“If that’s what it takes,” Kent said. “It’s the only thing we’ve got.”

Photos: Images: Sunday evening in Schenectady; After George Floyd protests, few out; Officer hugs lingering resident

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