Local Black Lives Matter group holds silent protest

People stand in "silent protest" on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge in an effort to promote unity against violence. (July 16, 2016)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Black Lives Matter organization held a silent protest on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge Saturday evening.

The event, largely organized on social media, drew about three dozen people.

The participants held signs and peace flags on both sides of the bridge near Headwaters Park.

The organizer told NewsChannel 15 they planned to be on the bridge until late Saturday evening in a peaceful demonstration. Rumors have run rampant on social media about a secondary BLM group wanting to close down South Clinton Street and block traffic going across the MLK, Jr. Bridge. The Fort Wayne BLM organizer said they were aware of the rumors and do not condone any violence or an attempt to block traffic.

Police are in the area already for the Three Rivers Festival and additional officers were expected to patrol near the bridge, according to a law enforcement source.

Several police officers were standing not far from the bridge Saturday evening, but no problems had been reported.

Saturday’s silent protest comes one week after another silent protest drew more than a hundred people to the lawn of the Allen County Courthouse. That group also demonstrated peacefully and police didn’t report any problems.

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