Fort Wayne protester wants assault charge added to lawsuit

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – A protester who lost an eye in last summer’s days of chaos in Fort Wayne wants to add an assault charge to his excessive force lawsuit. Balin Brake is working with the ACLU to sue the city of Fort Wayne.

Brake lost an eye when a tear gas canister hit him in the face during a protest last May. Brake says it was excessive force.

Police contend that Brake was picking up a gas canister to throw at police and was ignoring orders to clear the street when he was hit.

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