FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Fort Wayne Police Department is thanking demonstrators for another peaceful day on Thursday.
On Tuesday, there was only one incident and it was heat-related. It has been quiet wall week as protests continued in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Gatherings over the weekend resulted in around 100 arrests and property throughout downtown Fort Wayne being damaged.
However, those in attendance this week have struck a largely positive tone. Mayor Henry and local officers are expected to walk with protesters on Thursday in an act of solidarity.
The FWPD released the following regarding Thursday’s demonstrations:
“Day 7 of downtown protests were once again peaceful. A UNITY March began at the courthouse at 4:00 pm today involving approximately 200 people. Amongst the marchers were Mayor Tom Henry, Fort Wayne Police Department Chief Steve Reed and Allen County Sheriff David Gladeaux. The march proceeded north on Clinton Street from Main and stopped on the north end of the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge. Speeches were made by members of the community, the Mayor, Chief Reed, and Sheriff Gladeaux.
The march members then walked south, back to the courthouse lawn where many thought-provoking conversations continued between officers and community members for several hours. We are grateful for this meaningful progress and are hopeful this community collaboration will continue. After the march, approximately 100 protesters gathered on the courthouse lawn throughout the evening. They were peaceful and no arrests were made. Once again the Fort Wayne Police Department would like to thank our community members for peacefully protesting.”