TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The city was calm Monday after weekend violence triggered by a white supremacist group’s march along the sidewalks of a racially mixed neighborhood.
A melee broke out Saturday when protesters confronted members of the National Socialist Movement who had gathered at a city park.
“They do have a right to walk on the Toledo sidewalks,” Mayor Jack Ford said Sunday.
An angry mob, some of them gang members, threw baseball-sized rocks at police, vandalized vehicles and stores, and set fire to a bar. More than 100 people were arrested and one officer was seriously injured.
Because the way to protest bigotry and violence is? Yes, a riot, with further violence, against police officers. I’m not entirely convinced of the wisdom of allowed the Neo-Nazi march to take place in a residential neighborhood, or of the legality of their “shouting insults,” but I’m quite sure that throwing bricks at cop cars won’t solve the problem.