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Documents: $300,000 settlement in Fort Wayne lost eye lawsuit

FILE PHOTO: Ella Abbott
Tear gas fills the air in downtown Fort Wayne during the Black Lives Matter protests in late May, early June 2020.

Federal court documents show the settlement amount reached by an Indiana city and a man who lost an eye after being struck by a tear gas canister police fired during 2020 protests over the killing of George Floyd is $300,000.

WANE-TV reports Wednesday that documents also say Fort Wayne officials and the officer deny any liability or fault in the events that led to Balin Brake's injury.

Brake sued the city in October 2020.

According to court documents, Brake was running from police on May 30, 2020, when a tear gas canister struck his shoe. When he turned and looked down, another canister struck him in the right eye.

The force caused multiple facial fractures and ruptured his eyeball, resulting in the removal of his eye.

According to the lawsuit, Brake suffers from lingering effects of the injury including headaches, pain and permanent changes to his depth perception and vision.