It has been a long few days in the Capital Region. Over the weekend things turned ugly in Albany, NY when peaceful protests turned into riots on Albany's Southend. That left many local businesses with damages as the city still tries to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday things were much better as peaceful protests in Schenectady remained exactly that way. Peaceful. Police even joined the protesters in a showing of unity among the community.
Now the City of Troy is preparing for two planned protests in their city this week. One is planned for Wednesday June 3, 2020 and another for Sunday June 7, 2020.
In a letter on the city website Mayor Patrick Madden wrote:
In the past several days, we have witnessed protests in communities across the country, including here in the Capital District. Two events have been organized in Troy, scheduled for Wednesday and next Sunday (June 7th).
The right to peacefully protest is something the City strongly supports, honors and protects. It is an important tradition that has brought great and lasting change to our country. Past protests were conducted peacefully and without incident; we are optimistic that next week’s events will be similar. We will be reaching out to the organizers & community members to to ensure a safe and respectful opportunity to protest.
Many businesses have already started to prepare for a worst case scenario.
Photographer John Bulmer was able to get some great photos of the city getting ready, which you can see below.