WANE 15 hosts FOCUS 15: Police and the Community discussion 1 year after protests

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — One year after racial injustice protests erupted in downtown Fort Wayne, WANE 15 hosted a discussion Tuesday May 18, to learn what change has been made in the city.

Mayor Tom Henry, Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux, Deputy Prosecuter Mike McAlexander, Rev. Bill McGill, and Councilwoman Michelle Chambers were all a part of the discussion. Three community activists had initially agreed to participate but ultimately did not appear.

The discussion, held at Sweetwater, focused on events that took place at the end of May 2020. The group also talked about looking forward to continued growth that is expected to come out of the Mayor’s Commission on Police Reform and Racial Justice.

“You can look at the members on the stage (and) that the lenses that we all see life through,” Councilwoman Michelle Chambers said. “When we come together and have the same lenses and you know have a moment of of more of a team perspective because you know policing has their views public servants have their view, faith have their view, we got a big ride to bring those lenses together.”

ChangeMakers Fort Wayne were part of last year’s protests. The group plated a role in shifting momentum for change, but did they not show up for the discussion. The group issued this statement:

“After much consideration and some back and forth feelings, things are just not going to align well in order for us to participate in the panel.”

ChangeMakers Organization

During the panel discussion, the group did comment on their Facebook page. Below are the statuses they made.

“I would have liked to have heard what they had to say in response to some of the actions taken trying to address the situation that occurred,” Mayor Tom Henry said.

Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux said this:

You can join the ongoing conversation on Twitter or Facebook through the #FOCUS15 hashtag. If you missed our FOCUS 15: Police and the Community panel discussion on wane.com, the full conversation will air this Saturday at 11:35 p.m. on WANE 15.

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