FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Fort Wayne Police say they have not confirmed rumors that "outside instigators" will be taking part in downtown protests Friday night.
Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena says they're hoping the protests at the Allen County Courthouse continue to be peaceful as they have the last several days.
She says they will have extra resources because of the heat and the ongoing situation but will remain low key.
"However, if people see police deploy into the protest area we are asking protesters to exit the area to avoid any chaos and possible trouble," Rosales-Scatena said.
Protesters last Friday and Saturday were met with tear gas after they ended up in the streets.
Mayor Tom Henry and Chief Steve Reed have blamed "outside instigators" for escalating peaceful protests into clashes with police last Friday and Saturday. According to their own numbers, most of those arrested were from around the Fort Wayne area.
Police also say protesters on Friday were warned before police started deploying tear gas, which protesters deny.
FOX 55 journalists who were there did not hear officers give any warning.
In the days since, protests have been peaceful with both police and protesters marching together during a Unity Walk Thursday.
Many protesters sat out the walk, saying they want accountability and an apology.