26 Apr 2011

Locals in Mississippi Town Totally Punk Westboro Baptist

I’m not sure I’ve read a better story in a long time…

Turns out locals in Brandon, Mississippi appear to have conspired to keep the Westboro (insert derogatory cuss words here) types from protesting outside of the funeral of USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers… and succeeded.

There was a scuffle in a bar, which allowed the police to detain some of them, and the cars that these folks were going to drive to the funeral all had cars parked behind them for the duration of the funeral… and the tow trucks, aww shucks, just couldn’t make it until after the funeral was over to move them.

Explaining what happened, someone on a message board had this to say:

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.

Ranking deserves a hand in how they handled this situation.

I think giving them a hand isn’t nearly enough… how about a medal from the President?

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15 thoughts on “Locals in Mississippi Town Totally Punk Westboro Baptist”

  1. I chuckled at this story because frankly no one likes the Westboro Baptists and their rhetoric of hate.

    But there’s a side of me that thinks the multi-hour questioning may have encroached on their civil liberties if the funeral was a public affair.

    Believe me, I’m not defending these jackholes, but at the same time you can’t selectively defend someone’s civil rights and not another’s if you believe in civil rights at all (even if what they have to say is vitriol).

    1. Actually this is PERFECT I think…

      Westboro does things that are technically legal, but obviously morally reprehensible. Besides the fight that happened in the bar, the rest appears to be technically legal, but bending the rules.

      Taste of their own fucking medicine.

  2. I agree with Brion. I find these guys as objectionable as anyone. But unless freedom of speech exists for everyone (even those who we fund repugnant) it doesn’t exist at all.

    There was a time when Gays were regarded in the same light and a time when such tactics against civil rights campaigners would have garnered approval by some.

  3. Outstanding story of a group of people dealing with an issue…appropriately in my opinion. As long as no one was seriously hurt…I think the bruises, cuts and bloody lips will heal faster than the emotional scars the Westboro gang inflicts the family’s of our fallen soldiers. Sometimes the law has gaps in it that just can’t be filled in a way that is ratioanal in “all” situations. Looks like these Brandon folks figured out how to deal with this legal gap.

    On freedom of speech…it doesn’t mean that one is free to say whatever they want…without any consequences. Some of the consequences in this case were legal and others borderline and others just not legal at all. As long as no one was hurt badly, I hope none of the Brandon folks suffer any consequences to their actions.

    1. Again, I applaud the town of Brandon for the most part, I just think they crossed the line by detaining these folks on a bogus investigation. They probably could have found another way to mislead them or do something like give tickets to the funeral away to the townsfolk, then require them for admittance, but mysteriously have no more tickets when the Westboro Baptists came looking to get some. That, to me, seems less blatantly illegal.

  4. I’m confused about the role of the bar fight. Was that staged as well? As for messing with the Westboro folks, yes they have a right to their hatespeech, but don’t people have the right to punk them? If they can shout at a funeral procession, isn’t blocking their cars (not done by gov’t officials, btw) just another version of “shouting”?

    1. My only real objection was the detainment and “questioning” for two hours. The rest of the things are basically pranks and I have no objections to them.

  5. I give a standing ovation to most of the folks involved. Civil disobedience put to creative use in a good cause.

    But I 100% agree that it was a mistake for the police to get involved in the way that they did. If they get sued, they’ll lose, and they’ll deserve to . . . they abused their power in a way that our justice system is very unlikely to look kindly upon.

  6. BAHAHAHAHA. Brandon rules. When they came up here, we had the RCMP try to stop them from getting across the border, but some still came. We made up for it with a chain of people waiting in front of the funeral home with various makeshift weapons (brooms, bats, nunchucks, etc.). Then they left.

  7. Great story, but unfortunately, no one has been able to get confirmation that it happened. We do know that they organized a pretty fantastic amount of support for the fallen soldier/his family (lots of video and pics of this,) but the only source anyone has been able to find for the “blocking cars in, etc” stuff has been a single post on an Ole Miss message board.

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