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Law enforcement fires more tear gas as protesters try to make their way into downtown


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Law enforcement have fired more tear gas at protestors.

Friday evening, organizers planned the first "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.

Protesters and police clashed Friday evening, with tear gas being deployed.

Windows and glass panels to nearby businesses and buildings were damaged.

On Saturday, protesters again gathered at the Allen County Courthouse.

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.

Protesters made their way north and gathered at the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge.

They began heading down Fourth Street and marched south on Spy Run Avenue back into downtown.

Law enforcement fired more tear gas as protesters remained in the street.

This is a breaking news 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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