Downtown Fort Wayne George Floyd protest returns to Citizens Square

For the second day in a row protestors are downtown near the Allen County Courthouse in regards to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Posted: May 30, 2020 1:59 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 3:10 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — For the second day in a row, protestors are downtown near the Allen County Courthouse in regards to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.


A protester in Fort Wayne hold up a sign reading "I can't breathe" which is what George Floyd said as an officer knelt on his neck.

Protests on Saturday afternoon started out peaceful and all demonstrators were not obstructing traffic or entering the streets for the first few hours.

At around 5 p.m. protesters took to the middle of the streets. 

Just like Friday, that's when things took a turn for the worse again.

FWPD was wearing riot gear again forming a wall and at around 5:18 p.m. the first set of tear gas was deployed.

FWPD Chief Reed said Saturday morning during a news conference that there will be a zero-tolerance policy for protesters who become violent.

Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena with FWPD told FOX 55 that,  “There is no curfew. We have deemed the (downtown) area an emergency area due to the unlawful protest that broke off from the peaceful one.”

A new protest group has formed at the MLK Bridge and appears to be peaceful again.

At around 7:30 p.m. the protest returned to the Citizens Square area.

Police used tear gas was and pepper spray to try and disperse the crowds from the streets.

It is unclear if objects were thrown at officers before this round of tear gas was deployed.

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