Left: Protesters heading for Central Avenue
Shortly before noon on Saturday, October 15 several hundred anti-Nazi protesters ran en masse from Stickney Avenue to Mulberry Street on Toledo's north side, hoping to meet members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) on the first leg of their planned march.
Left: The arrest of this unidentified man was a catalyst in the riot
The crowd was convincd that the Nazis were still coming, and that the police on Mulberry were between them and the Nazis. Police made a few initial arrests of persons suspected of throwing projectiles.
Left: Bicycle police arriving to bolster Mulberry defenses are greeted with rocks
Diplomacy, if it were to ever be successful, would have made the most sense at this point. I think that if the crowd could be convinced that they had "won," and that the Nazis had left Toledo, they might have dispersed peacefully. The chosen path, however, was one of immediate, forceful dispersal.
Left: Riot officer fires teargas into crowd
From this point forward, it seemed that the attitude of the protesters became decidedly anti-police in nature. The officers began the first of many offensive actions to disperse the crowd and reclaim territory.
Left: Riot police march through thick teargas south on Mulberry
The battle lines were now drawn, and the next few hours would see repeated efforts to control this intersection. Police marched forward, but would be driven back by the regrouping rioters. The later arrival of reinforcements from surrounding communities and off-duty officers proved to be the necessary force needed to quell the unrest, but anger still simmers in the area.
Most of the photos on this series covering the aborted NSM rally in Toledo were taken by Washington, DC photographer Isis. You can see more of the work of Isis at Yellowcakewalk.net ; go to the "Gallery" section.