Left: Toledo Police in riot gear just after firing the first volley of tear gas cannisters and percussion grenades on Mulberry
I have seen a lot of bizarre things in my life, and I have reached the point where I keep telling myself I have seen it all.
The scenes in North Toledo today are still percolating in my teargas-addled brain, and I am sorting them out as I edit my text and review 1200 photographs taken by me and my anonymous friend from DC, Isis (she has a stalker, and does not use her real name).
Let me start by saying that what you have been seeing and hearing on FOX television has glaring inaccuracies.
You will have to wait until Wednesday to get the real deal in the Toledo Free Press.
Left: Circling helicopters could see the big picture, but were far removed from the people on the street
I saw so many snippets of human drama; some very ugly, some surreal, and some heroic. I have to sleep now, as I have been living and breathing conflict for about 16 hours now.
Left: the crowd on Mulberry regroups for another attempt to drive the police back
The hundreds of protesters, egged on by Nazi taunts, proved too much for the Toledo Police Department. The magnitude of this event has yet to sink in for most of us.
In a way, I almost feel guilty for being right about this riot(I was way off on Y2K). I would rather have been accused of being an alarmist - and have my city be just fine at the end of the day - than being correct about the looming riot that has torn through the middle of Toledo.
A final drive through North Toledo's battle zones at 9:00 tonight showed the streets deserted; the curfew seems to be holding.
The burning building at Mulberry and Chestnut has long since been extinguished, but the anger among many residents still simmers.