NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Scarlet Knight in front of The Yard seemed to be resting on his sword, waiting for someone to walk down College Avenue.
The glow of State Theatre New Jersey's brilliant marquee had gone dim.
Scaffolding at City Hall, where the roof is being repaired, stood at the ready.
A hush fell over New Brunswick on Tuesday night where it was so eerily quiet that you could hear the buzz of the street lights near Feaster Park.
It was in stark contrast to other cities across the country, where broken store windows and overturned cars litter the streets come the morning's first light.
A spokesman for Mayor Jim Cahill's office said Tuesday afternoon there had been no reports of looting or violence seen in New York, Los Angeles and other cities since the May 25 death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 45 seconds. Floyd was in handcuffs at the time. Officers ignored shouts by bystanders to get off Floyd as Floyd cried out that he couldn’t breathe.
Officer Derek Chauvin has been fired from the police department and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers on scene were also fired.
The killing touched off protests across the nation. Los Angeles and New York mayors instituted curfews, Minneapolis authorities called in the national guard and military personnel were deployed around the White House.
In New Brunswick, however, there was a calmness to the night.
"There's hardly any cars out on the road, even," said Jose, who was delivered food for a restaurant. "Very quiet. Very quiet."
New Brunswick was the scene of a peaceful yet impassioned protest Tuesday afternoon. Similar ones were held in South Brunswick and Highland Park.
A protest on Saturday afternoon started at Feaster Park, the place where Barry Deloatch was shot and killed by a New Brunswick police officer in 2011. More than 300 people marched through the streets, invoking the names of Deloatch, Floyd and others.
New Brunswick Police used their vehicles to block off streets, allowing protesters to safely walk down George Street and other streets.
As they spoke out against racism, it may be another invisible enemy that is helping bring calm to the city's nights.
"Don't forget," said one Rutgers student walking down College Avenue on Tuesday night, "we are still dealing with a pandemic that hit this city and this university hard. We're still under a stay-at-home order from Gov. (Phil) Murphy. That probably has been a factor."