By LEO Affairs Staff
Westboro Baptist Church, the hate group who routinely protests military funerals and thanks God for dead soldiers because “God hates gays”, organized a protest for the funeral of recently fallen Omaha detective Kerrie Orozco, but were denied a view of or from the procession by several groups who came together to block them, with a giant thin blue line.
Orozco was serving a felony arrest warrant for Marcus Wheeler, 26, who was already a convicted felon,when she was fatally shot (as was Wheeler) in an exchange of gunfire. Orozco, 29, was a seven-year-veteran of the department. It was her last shift before she was to start a maternity leave for her daughter who was born prematurely and finally scheduled to go home for the first time; the day after Orozco died of a gunshot wound that struck just above her vest.
In a refreshing display across the state of Nebraska, companies, various groups and municipalities honored Orozco by lighting buildings blue, flying flags at half staff, police appreciation signs, and other measures. There were also several groups who learned of Westboro Baptist Church’s plans, and organized a means to prevent the family and friends in the procession from seeing any vile displays. One such group, Operation White Out Nebraska, posted this to their facebook page, “We will be blocking picketers with a wall made of white sheets to block Kerrie Orozco’s family from being able to see, or hear what they are doing.” And that’s exactly what they and many others did.