North Toledo descended into chaos for several hours this afternoon after angry crowds who turned out to protest a planned march by a small group of National Socialist Movement calling themselves "America’s Nazi Party" erupted into violence.
A mob of at least 500 people threw bricks and rocks at police and vehicles, looted a bar at Central and Mulberry and started it on fire, and overturned a car at a North Toledo gas station and burned it.
There were reports of minor injuries to police and numerous arrests.
The violence started around noon as police were getting ready to escort about 15 Nazis on a march that was supposed to start at Wilson Park and continue on Mulberry Street and Bronson and Dexter Avenues, ending up back at the park.
Because of the violence - which broke out along Stickney Avenue away from the Nazis gathered in the park - police cancelled the march and told the Nazis to leave, which they did.
Over a 100 people have since been arrested, many of them apparently local gang members:
Police arrested 114 on charges including assault, vandalism, failure to obey police, failure to disperse and overnight curfew violations. Twelve officers were injured, including one who suffered a concussion when a brick came through a side window of her cruiser and hit her in the head.
The disturbances were confined to a 1-square-mile area. At one point, the crowd grew to about 600 people.
Police began receiving word midweek from officers on the street that gangs were going to descend on the neighborhood, the police chief said.
"We knew during the preparation that it was going to be a tremendous challenge," Navarre said. "Anyone who would accuse us of being underprepared I would take exception with that."
However, he added the protest lasted longer and was more intense than expected.
The neo-Nazi group came to the city, which relies heavily on the auto industry and has high unemployment in minority neighborhoods, because of a dispute between neighbors, one white and the other black.
"This is not a police problem," Navarre said. "This is a social problem."
A state of emergency remained in effect through the weekend. About 200 officers patrolled the neighborhood overnight Sunday, Navarre said, and police reported no problems throughout the day.
A police helicopter hovered above the neighborhood in the afternoon and police also patrolled the area by car. Another overnight curfew was to be in effect starting at 8 p.m. Sunday.
The neighborhood northwest of downtown once was a thriving Polish community. Now it's a mix of Hispanic, Polish and black residents, many of them poor living in modest homes.
Community leaders had organized an "Erase the Hate" rally to draw people away from the march. The mayor spoke to 2,000 people at a Baptist church Friday night, urging them to ignore the neo-Nazis.
Terry Glazer, an organizer of the peace rally attended by about 300, said most of the neighborhood did avoid the neo-Nazi march. "It was a very small group that caused the problems," he said. "We had a great event going."
Many of those who turned violent ignored the peace rally and took to the streets. Many were young men, some wearing red hats and shirts. Police said some were gang members.
And yet ABC News is reporting events in this manner, proving that the MSM isn't just biased but incompetent:
May God judge the neo-nazis, the rioters, and the media who can hardly be believed about anything these days.
UPDATE: Cox and Forkum, as only they can: