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Police fire tear gas into the street as protesters stop traffic

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Police dressed in riot gear have deployed tear gas at a crowd of protesters who blocked traffic at Clinton and Main street downtown.

Protesters lined the sidewalks along Clinton Street and congregated in the Allen County Courthouse green at 2 p.m.

Once demonstrators began to block traffic closer to 5 p.m., police in a tactical vehicle used a loud speaker to warn protesters to get out of the street or face arrest.

Protesters started to scatter, but then filled the street again stopping traffic.

That's when law enforcement fired tear gas into the crowd.

Our cameras captured people running from the smoke, and some people tossed tear gas canisters back at police.

Now, police in riot gear are lining Berry Street as the protesters are backed into the line of buildings there.

Police are using a loud speaker for a second time to tell people to leave the area immediately or face arrest.

This is a developing story. Check back in for updates.

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Hours after city leaders and police asked for peace, demonstrators have again filled the sidewalks around the Allen County courthouse for a second day of protests.

Friday evening, organizers planned an "I Can't Breathe" protest at the Allen County Courthouse green to demand justice for George Floyd.

Floyd was an unarmed black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis. The white officer who knelt on his neck for several minutes is now facing murder charges in his death.

Police and protesters clashed Friday evening, with tear gas being deployed.

Windows were broken and many businesses nearby suffered damage.

Overnight, 29 people were arrested, and two officers were injured.

On Saturday, demonstrators are again at the sidewalk along Clinton Street.

The event began at 2 p.m. It's not clear when the demonstrations will end.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department has a line of officers and squad cars close to the front courthouse.

There is a heavy police presence downtown, and Berry Street is blocked off.

So far, traffic is still moving along Clinton Street.

ABC has one crew live on Facebook, and another crew live within the crowd that you can watch on our website.

This is a developing story. Check back in for updates.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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