FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Protesters chanted outside the Allen County Courthouse yet again Saturday afternoon, but this time demanding Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux step down from his position.
“Not only did he not uphold the law. He tried to abuse his power and his authority and his position to access a place that he shouldn’t have while he was intoxicated under the name of [the] sheriff,” said protest organizer, Ben Schoch.
Allen County this month settled with the teen volunteer who alleged the then off-duty sheriff shoved him to the ground at the Three Rivers Festival in July 2019.
Gladieux issued an apology last week and said he’d pay the $55,000 settlement back to the county, but protesters say it’s too little too late.
One protester, Lisa Williams, says she hasn't lost faith in all officers, but she feels otherwise for Gladieux.
"To them, I give kudos and congratulate them on their choice to serve the city. However...Gladieux cannot go forth because it’s such a double standard that I don’t believe anybody could accept it at this point,” said Williams.
Williams' daughter, Isabella Kaiser, says Gladieux's incident provokes her to think twice about being around officers.
Kaiser says, “It makes me hesitant, it makes me nervous. I get that heartbeat in my ear and I’m like what is going on, what is going on in my city right now?”