Left: An unidentified protester before the riot broke out
The images beamed across the country of Toledo thugs looting a corner bar, while horrifying, provided only a narrow glimpse at the complexity of the riot that followed a cancelled Nazi march through North Toledo. This photo-essay attempts to provide a more comprehensive look at this event.
Left: Toledo Mayor Jack Ford, watching as the Stickney crowd begins to pelt Nazis with rocks and eggs
The original protesters, numbering about 60 people, found their ranks swelled with neighborhood residents after Nazis arrived and began to agitate the crowd with racial slurs.
Left: an unidentified protester demonstrating what he would like to do to a Nazi
Perhaps as many as 700 people faced Bill White and his NSM minions by 11:30, and a few volleys of projectiles by the agitated crowd forced the Nazis to hide in the park behinfd the police.
Left: a protester leads an anti-racism chant
The police, realizing the crowd was getting out of control, are instructed to cover the retreating Nazis as they head to the planned press conference at 11:40 in Woodrow Wilson Park. Bill White had barely begun to speak when the squawking police radios reported that the mob had begun to assemble on Mulberry, and that reinforcements were desperately needed.
Left: the angry mob running for Central Avenue to confront the Nazis on their parade route
Thus began the confrontation between protesters and police on Mulberry. What started as an anti-Nazi protest morphed into an anti-police protest.
The photos on this series covering the aborted NSM rally in Toledo were taken by DC photographer Isis; copyright 2005 Isis. Things got crazy, and we were swapping memory cards back and forth, but 90% of this work was hers. You can see more of the work of Isis at Yellowcakewalk.net.