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Fort Wayne City Council members react to protests

City Councilwoman Michelle Chambers and Councilman Tom Didier watched the protest unfold over the weekend seeing Fort Wayne police and protesters outside the Allen County courthouse.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 2:26 AM
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 10:11 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - City Councilwoman Michelle Chambers and Councilman Tom Didier watched the protest unfold over the weekend seeing Fort Wayne police and protesters outside the Allen County courthouse.

"After the police response that happened, I didn't think it would happen again. Today is Tuesday and they're back out again. I appreciate that, but what I appreciate is the calmness. I think there's been calmness now from the protesters as well as our police department. I think lessons were learned," Chambers said.

The weekend, however, was very different.

On Monday, George Floyd's brother asked for peaceful protests in his brother's honor.

Councilman Tom Didier said doing it peaceful is the way- saying it starts at the top from leadership.

"I can tell you this much, it comes down to leadership and the leadership has to show example. The example has to be made in regards to human dignity. It really comes down to the ultimate situation of how we treat each other," Didier said.

Chambers said she's received many emails asking why things were handled the way they were and hopes to have dialogue with the police department.

"Is that normal tactics to advance with tear gas? I have to better educate myself and get a better understanding, so I can answer a lot of questions that I'm receiving from our constituents," she said.

Chambers is also hosting a virtual prayer and discussion via Facebook with local pastors called "Women Who Lead Faithfully" June 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Didier said now that we know the problem, everyone has to work toward fixing it.

"It doesn't make it right to damage and ruin someone else's property. It doesn't give you the right. I don't care that you are out there making your point. Make your point. I totally agree with you in that aspect of this person should not have died. Let's fix it," he explained.

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