Fort Wayne protesters encourage peace despite weekend havoc

In hopes to maintain peace, protesters and Fort Wayne leaders push for non-violent interaction between authorities and community members attending the downtown protests.

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 7:38 AM
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 10:11 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The protests in downtown Fort Wayne continued for a third consecutive day on Sunday.

After havoc and hurt Friday and Saturday, protestors like Thomas Adkison who traveled from Noble County urged fellow protestors to maintain peace.

Adkison says, “You’ve got to realize you’re just hurting a lot of people and you’re destroying a bunch of property and it’s not accomplishing anything. I know you’re mad, I’m mad. But that’s not the way to get it done.”

After seeing protestors hurt from tear gas, however, Adkison pushes for a solution between the community and authorities.

He says, “This can come to an end. And one problem we have is the thin blue line is with police officers. They will not say anything against other police officers, and this has got to stop. What’s wrong, is wrong. I don’t care if it’s your own family.

Fort Wayne Martin Luther King, Jr. Club president encourages protestors to follow the advice of their namesake by marching peacefully and staying out of the roads.

Edwards says, “The times are frustrating, but their [police officers’] job is to maintain law and order and protect private property and when it comes to blocking the main streets, that has to be addressed.”

Rodney Miller, a protester who arrived in downtown with his 18-year-old daughter Saturday night, says progress will happen when authorities take responsibility for wrongdoing, citing the high profile death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He says, “There has to be some type of accountability. Until they acknowledge that the corruption exists, until they’re willing to address that, black voices or opinions just don’t seem to matter.”

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