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Spokesman: Mayor Henry has no plans for curfew, National Guard

Mayor Tom Henry protest news conference

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Mayor Tom Henry does not intend to institute a curfew or seek National Guard involvement after two days of unrest that followed protests outside the downtown courthouse.

A City spokesperson shared the information with ABC21 Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of people were arrested on both Friday and Saturday when the situation deteriorated and led to clashes between demonstrators and police.

Officers deployed tear gas, pepper spray and other crowd-control devices at various locations.

Some businesses sustained damage -- mostly broken windows and graffiti.

Though it was difficult to assess the extent and range of injuries, ABC21 has confirmed that one man had an eye surgically removed after he was seriously hurt on Saturday.

City leaders say some officers have sustained minor injuries.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said the state's Guard unit "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."

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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