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.