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Video: Police Supporters Block Westboro Protesters at Omaha Officer's Funeral

May 28, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Police Supporters Block Westboro Protesters at Omaha Officer's Funeral

Hundreds of supporters came to the funeral of slain Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco to shield mourners from a handful of protesters Tuesday, reports the Omaha World-Herald.

Wearing blue, about a hundred people arrived early at 24th and Cuming Streets, where the protesters intended to meet. About 9 a.m., the supporters moved south to Cass Street, where they were joined by hundreds more, including a large group from the Patriot Guard. There they unfurled large white sheets with blue lines across them.

The protesters, from Westboro Baptist Church, set up near Interstate 480, so supporters moved to a hill to block them from view.

Kate Kielion of Omaha, the daughter of a retired Omaha police captain, organized the sheet-making. "Everybody just came together," said Kielion, 33. "Everybody wanted to help. Our purpose was to hide the hate and show the love, and that's what happened."

Kielion said businesses and community members donated the materials, and she said about 1,000 people signed up on Facebook to participate.

About 20 minutes before the 11 a.m. funeral was to start, the five protesters left.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 5/28/2015 7:49 PM

Being born and raised in Nebraska I can say with some surety that the trouble making senator Ernie Chambers probably had something to do with the protestors.

Longarm9 @ 6/28/2015 9:26 AM

Awesome on the part of the supporters who blocked out the hate mongering charlatans from Westboro. Those swine are NOT Christians and obviously have zero comprehension of what The Lord Jesus Christ was all about. I hope those outside the Christian community realize that the bigoted lunatics in Westboro really are not in any way a part of it. Many thanks to the community supporters, and my deepest sympathies to the family, police and members of the community for the loss of Officer Orozco.

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