FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There have been eight days of protests in Fort Wayne, however, this is day one for Heather Hartman.
She's originally from Fort Wayne but now lives in Toledo, Ohio.
"I've been staying present with it all week, but I wanted to make sure I had my presence here," she explained.
She feels it's important to come back home to Fort Wayne because of family here, and she's hoping people from out of town share the same sentiment of keeping the peace.
"We're peaceful. We want change, so leave that in your city. If you want to come here to destruct some stuff or you want to make a mess, leave that in your own city. Don't bring that to Fort Wayne. We want peace. I'm not for the rioting. I'm not for that stuff,” Hartman said.
Police said they received information about "outside instigators" possibly coming to Friday’s protest, but couldn’t confirm those reports.
However, police say they are prepared with extra resources for the weekend.
Protesters from here say their focus is on enacting change peacefully, not through vandalism and violence.
"I don't think people really care about the issues, but I do think a few broken windows compared to people losing their lives, I don't see it as big issue. We haven't seen as much destruction as we have had in other cities so I don't think it's been as much as an issue, but I don't like when people do that," James Bolton said.