Black Lives Matter

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Leaders from Faith in Allen County joined community members today outside of the Allen County Courthouse to celebrate the release of Jorge Oliva from an ICE detainment center in Chicago.

Oliva was detained for three weeks before being granted a stay of deportation. Oliva’s friends and family, as well as Fort Wayne community members, called the office in Chicago submitting statements on Oliva’s character.

Oliva says he’s happy to be back in Fort Wayne, but that the fight for racial justice continues.

Payton Knobeloch

For the second day in a row, residents took to the streets of Bloomington demanding accountability for those who assaulted a Black man at Lake Monroe on the 4th of July.

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The ACLU of Indiana sued the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Wayne Police Department in federal court Friday for their use of tear gas and other weapons during recent protests in downtown Fort Wayne.

 

A similar lawsuit was filed against police in Marion County and Indianapolis. The lawsuit seeks damages and an injunction to prevent the further use of these weapons.

 

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

For our show this week, we are hearing from Reverend Graylan Hagler, Pastor at Washington DC’s Plymouth Congregational Church. 

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Medical health professionals gathered in front of the Allen County Courthouse Saturday to protest in support of Black Lives Matter.

Kristy Richardson is a nurse practitioner in Fort Wayne and organized the protest, called White Coats for Black Lives.

 

She says she’s never been unaware of the problems black people face, but that seeing the video of George Floyd’s death and the protests organized by other healthcare professionals around the county inspired her to show support.

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Fort Wayne’s tumultuous protests downtown lead to clashes with police, teargas, broken windows and injuries.

 

On Friday evening, a small crowd began to gather on the Courthouse Green in downtown Fort Wayne. Many members of the crowd held signs, raised their fists over their head or chanted as cars passed by, heading down South Clinton Street.

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WBOI is featuring voices of people who attended the protests this past weekend in downtown Fort Wayne.  

 Saturday’s protests in downtown Fort Wayne started on a peaceful note.  Various demonstrators spoke earlier in the afternoon, some representing their faith communities.  WBOI’s Katy Anderson spoke with Sister Elizabeth Oppel of the Church of God in Warsaw about why her congregation was participating in the protests.  

KATY ANDERSON: What made you want to come out here today?

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Friday and Saturday saw violent ends to what began as peaceful protests in Fort Wayne over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Provided by Jeremiah Miser

What began as a peaceful protest early Friday evening on Fort Wayne’s Courthouse Green turned into tear gas and riot gear by 8 p.m.