Fort Wayne police recap diesel truck rally outside Glenbrook with 'several thousand people'

An event that was started on social media led to thousands of people and trucks gathered on Saturday night outside the parking lot of Fort Wayne's mall.

Posted: Jun 29, 2020 10:59 AM
Updated: Jun 29, 2020 7:58 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — An event that was started on social media led to thousands of people and trucks gathered on Saturday night outside the parking lot of Fort Wayne's mall.

Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the Glenbrook and Glenbrook Commons area just after 8:45 p.m. Saturday regarding a "disturbance" which was a large diesel truck gathering on the lot of both properties.


Fort Wayne Police Department file photo

Police say the event was an internet rally to gather diesel trucks on the lot of Glenbrook Mall.

In an Instagram post, a flier called the event the "Worlds largest street diesel meet," which was to take place at Glenbrook Square starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

"The gathering was on private property and there were several trucks that were blocking the road due to being in stopped traffic on Lima Road," officers said.

They were trying to get into the area that was flooded with trucks.

FWPD says officers received calls about employees and customers who were stuck inside local businesses because they were afraid to leave and go to their cars.

The crowd was reported by officers to be "around a thousand trucks and several thousand people."

FWPD says they were able to track down the property owner who said they did not give permission for the truck rally to happen on the property.

In order to begin to end the event, FWPD sent out a public safety alert text message to those in the area along with audible messages by police vehicles.

The text message read in all capital letters, “By order of the Fort Wayne Police department if you are receiving this message you need to vacate the Glenbrook Mall area immediately or you will be subject to arrest.”

After the message went out the people began to slowly pack up and leave.

Police said many told them they didn’t know permission was not given and apologized as they left the area.

Within about an hour most of the area was cleared out, according to officers.

They said no reports of any physical violence, physical damage to buildings, injuries or arrests were made during the event.

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