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FWPD: 68 arrested on second day of downtown chaos

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Another 68 people were arrested on Saturday -- following 29 on Friday -- as police worked to restore order downtown during a weekend of demonstrations, clashes and vandalism.

Of those who were booked on Saturday, 52 are Fort Wayne residents. Another 11 are from elsewhere in Indiana -- most of them from communities within an hour's drive, such as Huntington, Churubusco, Wabash and Kendallville.

The non-Hoosiers arrested included: One person from North Carolina, one from Illinois and one from Michigan.

Earlier Sunday, ABC21 reported on the composition of the 29 people taken into custody on the Friday, the first day of disturbances.

Of the 29, two are Hoosiers from outside Allen County and two are from Michigan. The rest are local.

Most of those arrested face charges of Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Leave an Emergency Area and Rioting.

They are overwhelmingly younger adults -- in their 20s and 30s. Men and women of various races were listed on the data sheet provided.

Police said one Fort Wayne police officer was hurt and taken to a local hospital for treatment on Saturday.

An unspecified number of protesters were also injured. Police noted one "serious but non-life-threatening" case.

That may be a referenced to a man whose eye was surgically removed on Sunday after it was severely damaged.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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