Left: Toledo Police riot squad leader
The anti-Nazi crowd that wound its way around Woodward High School met up with a riot squad on Central and Mulberry just before noon on Saturday in North Toledo. A tense standoff began that would last for over four hours.
Left: unidentified Toledo teen on the corner of Mulberry and Central
The anger felt by protesters against Bill White and his NSM followers after an hour their race-baiting rhetoric slowly changed direction and became focused upon the Toledo Police, who many in the crowd believed were "protecting" the Nazis. The irony, of course, is that the neo-Nazis had by now driven away from the scene after not being permitted the right to march through North Toledo.
White's claims that his group was denied constitutional rights are ludicrous; his band of two dozen supporters would have been slaughtered by the angry crowd, now numbering some 700 people.
Toledoan Oshai Crenshaw tirelessly walked among the rioters, trying to restore order
One of the day's heroes was most certainly a woman named Oshai Crenshaw. She was at the center of the unrest from noon until the fire was put out at Jim and Lou's Bar. While the networks focused on the helicopter cams showing looters and rioters, I would like to extend a personal thanks to Crenshaw for her bravery and efforts to bring peace.
Left: 1-year old Jaelyn, who watched as a TV news vehicle got vandalized
There were many small children on the fringes of the North Toledo violence. Most were hurriedly shooed back onto porches and in houses, but a few played freely mere yards from a war zone. I see the tiny young faces, and pray for a world where babies never have to see hate and violence.
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.