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City of Fort Wayne responds to ACLU lawsuit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The City of Fort Wayne has responded to an ACLU lawsuit filed in connection to police conduct in clashes with protesters.

Numerous affidavits and depositions from Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed, Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux and other prominent protesters were filed Thursday in federal district court. The depositions occurred earlier this month.

In June, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit against the City of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Sheriff demanding officers stop using tear gas and firing rubber bullets at protesters.

It argues that the use of chemical agents and projectiles for crowd control violates the First and Fourth Amendments.

The lawsuit is seeking an injunction and damages.

In a response to the accusations, the City of Fort Wayne said the actions of the Fort Wayne Police Department during the first weekend of clashes with protesters and law enforcement were justified.

The City of Fort Wayne denied the allegations of unreasonable force and denies all liability.

Attorneys for the City of Fort Wayne also requested a trial by jury in the litigation.

You can read the response filed earlier this week here:

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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