Prosecutor To Try 50 Hoosier Protesters, Drop Charges Against 45

Aug 18, 2020

Police square off with protesters in late May in downtown Fort Wayne.
Credit PROVIDED BY JEREMIAH MISER

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards will prosecute 50 people but drop charges against 45 others who were arrested after protests in Fort Wayne in late May and mid-June. She also announced Monday that five cases of “unreasonable force” have been forwarded to the Fort Wayne Police Department internal affairs office for review. About 140 protesters were charged, mostly on misdemeanor charges such as disorderly conduct, after Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Fort Wayne on May 29-30 and June 14. Four investigators from the prosecutor’s office spent weeks reviewing video and photos from cell phones, drones, news media, dash cameras and surveillance.