Fort Wayne SWAT spraying, throwing tear gas at George Floyd protesters

Hundreds of people gathered downtown near the Allen County courthouse to protest the death of George Floyd who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this week.

Posted: May 29, 2020 8:58 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 10:11 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — What started out as a peaceful protest downtown turned hostile after roughly three hours.

Hundreds of people gathered downtown near the Allen County courthouse to protest the death of George Floyd who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this week.

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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry issued the following statement:

"Our country and community are hurting as a result of the passing of George Floyd. It's a terrible tragedy for our society. Mr. Floyd's death did not need to happen, and we pray tonight for his family and the many others who've faced injustices.

The City of Fort Wayne respects the rights of individuals to participate in peaceful demonstrations. Tonight's demonstration in downtown Fort Wayne began peacefully. As the demonstration moved along, it began to get more aggressive and the safety of the public was being put at risk. The Fort Wayne Police Department ultimately had to respond in a manner to protect the public's safety.

It's vital that we come together united as a city that cares about one another and supports each other. That's what we've been committed to in an effort to make Fort Wayne the best city possible. Now more than ever we need to respectfully and peacefully engage in productive dialogue and understanding as we grieve together, knowing that we can have better days ahead of us."

Beginning of Downtown Fort Wayne George Floyd Protest

Fort Wayne George Floyd Protest

The officer has since been fired and arrested on manslaughter and murder charges.

Around 8 p.m. the SWAT team deployed tear gas at protestors who were blocking the streets, stopping all traffic, in order to disperse the groups.

Police have formed a chain but are not allowing cars to resume traffic flow. 

At this time is it unclear why.

Our reporter Chris Mullooly is currently downtown with the latest below.

Fort Wayne police are saying to avoid the downtown area.

MORE: Mayor Tom Henry issues statement amid hostile downtown Fort Wayne protests

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