FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Fort Wayne Police Department announced Sunday nearly 100 people were arrested over the past two days after protests turned violent downtown.
On Friday night, a total of 29 people were arrested.
Among those arrested Friday:
- Two people were from Michigan
- One from Mishawaka
- One from New Haven
- One from Sweetser
- One from Fremont
- 23 from Fort Wayne
FWPD Chief Steve Reed said in a news conference Saturday morning there would be a zero-tolerance policy for rioting in future protests.
On Saturday, a total of 68 people and two teenagers were arrested bringing the total to 97 people.
Among those arrested Saturday:
- Two people were from Wabash
- One from the state of North Carolina
- One from Topeka
- One from the state of Illinois
- One from Kendallville
- Two from Bluffton
- One from Hudson
- One from Wolcottville
- One from Indianapolis
- One from the state of Michigan
- One from Warsaw
- One from Silver Lake
- One from Huntington
- One from Churubusco
- 52 from Fort Wayne
Police say most of the arrests were for Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Leave an Emergency Area and Rioting.
According to a spokeswoman for FWPD, the department says they did not deploy any rubber bullets at people over the past two days.
"We have mainly used smoke and gas," Sgt Sofia Rosales-Scatena with FWPD said. " Our officers were given permission to use baton rounds, if they took projectiles, but I have not been informed that any of our officers have used them up to now. Someone may have and I just haven't been made know about it yet. I will follow up on it. A baton round is more of a hard, baton-shaped munition. It is made to not penetrate."
At this time the Indiana State Police and the Alen County Sheriff's Department have not announced if they used rubber bullets.
There was one FWPD officer hurt last evening and he was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the department.