MIDDLETOWN/WALLKILL – An estimated 400 protesters walked through the streets of Middletown Wednesday evening with police blocking intersections so the marchers could continue on their way as they called for unity and an end to violence. The event drew the large attendance even though the organizers had cancelled their planned march.
There were rumors that the marchers would continue from the city into the Town of Wallkill on the Route 211 shopping district to the Walmart store.
As a precaution, wooden pallets were piled up blocking both entrances and 15 police cars from the State Police, Wallkill Town Police and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, lined up in front of the store in the event they had to secure the facility.
The skies opened at one point dumping buckets of water on the area. The police remained at Walmart for some time thereafter.