FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Protests in Fort Wayne have continued for the third day in a row.
The protest has again started out peaceful with all demonstrators on the grass outside the Allen County Courthouse.
Cars are also honking their horns in support of the protesters.
Governor Eric Holcomb has activated the national guard to be on standby in case protests become violent again in Executive Order 20-29.
“At my order, the Indiana National Guard stands ready to assist local communities in need to protect the public and property, and I am deploying Guard members to protect state property beginning today,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Organized protests have taken place across the state without incident but the events that have followed, particularly in Indianapolis, have devastated businesses, defaced public monuments that are centuries old, and resulted in loss of life.”
As of 4:35 p.m. Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's office said there is no curfew for the city, nor has he requested help from the national guard.
A release from Holcomb's office said he "took these actions to protect Hoosiers, properties and businesses as the result of two nights of violence, following peaceful protests in Indiana."
Summary of the EO 20-29:
- Signed Executive Order 20-29 to lift restrictions on local declarations of emergency that had been instituted as a part of the stay at home and back on track orders pertaining to COVID-19.
- This order, effective as of 11 a.m. Sunday, allows local governments to place more stringent travel restrictions than the state has in place.
- Directed members of the Indiana National Guard to be on standby to assist communities across the state, if requested.
- Gov. Holcomb verbally activated the Indiana National Guard Reactionary Force company to be available to assist local communities Saturday, however no deployment was requested.
- Several hundred Guard members remain on standby.
- Ordered members of the Guard, supported by Indiana State Police, to establish a presence at state properties in Indianapolis to protect them from further damage.
The full executive order is below.