One of the more interesting attempts at spin that Bill White has conjured involves the African American police officers. White claims, alternately, that they "chickened out" or that they refused to show up (some on the left are making this claim as well).
That being said, here are photos of numerous black officers working hard to keep the peace last Saturday. There were several dozen on the scene, but I am limiting this photo analysis to representatives of each category of officer. Click on the photos for a closeup.
There were several of these officers keeping surveillance on protesters early on, as well as on the NSM members. I am told that this officer is part of SEB (Special Enforcement Burueau), commonly known as the "Ninjas" because of their tactical expertise. This photo was taken at 8:48 AM in Manhattan Plaza.
Slightly to the right of center is a black member of the Bike Patrol. This unit is often used for stealth operations because they can quickly approach suspects without being detected until the last moment. This photo was taken at 10:48 AM on Stickney, near the point where NSM members drove their cars into Wilson Park.
Front and center is an African American member of the SWAT team; this photo was taken at 2:54 PM on Mulberry Street just north of Central Avenue.
This black officer and his white partner stopped the ARA protesters on Stickney to remind them of the rules of the protest. This photo was taken at 9:46 AM.
I felt that it was important to counteract this lie because I don't want to see Mr. White's disinformation campaign cause dissension among the ranks of TPD. I think that all officers - black and white - showed remarkable restraint in the face of a hostile crowd.
The photos on this series covering the aborted NSM rally in Toledo were taken by DC photographer Isis; copyright 2005 Isis. You can see more of the work of Isis at Yellowcakewalk.net.