Fort Wayne mayor, police march with protesters

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne police officers walked in sidestep with protesters through downtown Fort Wayne Thursday.

An event called Unity March was organized by a facebook group called Resist Fort Wayne, which has been involved in downtown protests throughout the previous week.

The walk began at 4 p.m., beginning at the Allen County Courthouse. The group walked to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge.

Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed and other officers joined the march.

“Open and positive communication with protest leaders this week has led to today’s walk as we will join peaceful protesters in a walk of unity,” City spokesman John Perlich said.

Protests began in earnest Friday afternoon with hundreds of protesters gathering downtown. Police responded with tear gas after people blocked traffic. Protests that have continued through the week have remained mostly peaceful.

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