Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mississippi county gets rough with Westboro Baptist Church

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:32 PM

click to enlarge How did nobody think of unlawfully detaining them until now?
  • How did nobody think of unlawfully detaining them until now?

Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that it has come to this. After the Supreme Court ruled that the hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church clique has the right to protest at funerals, the folks in Rankin County, Mississippi, took justice into their own hands.

Rather than abide by the court's ruling and make a local ordinance requiring protesters to stay a minimum distance away from funerals, the locals got a little creative in keeping the creeps away from a procession. Specifically, they beat them up, wouldn't let them out of a parking lot, and detained them for questioning for a mythical crime until the funeral was over.

According to one unconfirmed but widely circulating account of the April

14 funeral for USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, who died while serving in

Afghanistan earlier this month, the county's citizens seem to have

worked together to prevent the WBC from showing up along the route. From

a University of Mississippi message board:

They [WBC members] did show up, a few showed up a couple of

days early.

A couple of days before, one of them ran his mouth at a Brandon gas

station and got his ass waxed. Police were called and the beaten man

could not give much of a description of who beat him. When they

canvassed the station and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered

around, no one seemed to remember anything about what had happened.

Rankin County handled this thing perfectly. There were many things

that were put into place that most will never know about and at great

expense to the county. Most of the morons never made it out of their

hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin County pickup trucks

were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel

parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the

funeral was over.

Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and

it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the

Kansas plated cars could get out. A few made it to the funeral but were

ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly

been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they

were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.

Rankin deserves a hand in how they handled this situation.

Nobody wins in the battle of hideous but constitutionally protected speech vs. vigilante justice.

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