Ottumwa is 30 miles west of me.
(6/3) The Westboro Baptist Church Will Protest Ottumwa Airman's Funeral
The Ottumwa Police Department was contacted today by David Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church stating that they were going to have representatives in Ottumwa on Saturday morning picketing the funeral of Sgt. Joe Hamski. Iowa law requires that such protesters keep at least 500 feet away from the location of a funeral, procession, or cemetery. The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas will be allowed to stage and picket just east of 4th and Wapello streets. The Supreme Court has ruled they have a right to protest regardless how tasteless it is, but that they can be restricted where they protest. The Ottumwa police department will be present at the funeral to ensure it is not disrupted and at the protest to make sure their rights are maintained.