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6 months after Toledo's George Floyd protest turned violent, what has changed?

Promises to mend racial divisions were made and some wounds are healing, but where does the city stand since that May night? Protesters and law enforcement reflect.

Brian Dugger


Saray Pratt appears from inside her apartment building, apologizes for being late, and shivers in the early December cold.

"Wow, I didn't realize it was so cold," she says.

She turns and heads slowly down the sidewalk, being careful not to slip on the dusting of snow covering her path. Her left leg doesn't move as easily as her right. Pratt has a discernible limp, caused partly by the steel rod in her tibia but also because nerve damage makes it difficult to feel her toes.

She has been healing for six months, ever since a wooden projectile fired by a Toledo police officer shattered her leg as she was holding a sign in front of The Attic at the corner of Adams and 17th Street.

Other wounds may never heal.

"Emotionally, it's been harder than the physical," she says, stopping to compose herself and to wipe away tears streaking down her cheek.

She quickly shakes her head when she's asked about forgiveness of the officer.

"Absolutely not. For someone to commit that type of act, do they need to be forgiven?"

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Saray Pratt discusses what the last six months have been like after she was injured at a protest in Toledo on May 30 in the wake of the death of George Floyd.