What does the First Amendment taste like with hot pepper? Members of the Westboro Baptist Church — and local reporters, and counter-protesters, and a cop(!) — almost found out when George Vogel, 62, tried pepper spraying the Westborings et. al during a protest Saturday outside a U.S. Marine’s funeral in Omaha.
Vogel was driving by in his F-150 (that’s the truth in the left corner of the video below) when he rolled down the window at the funeral for Staff Sgt. Michael Bock (who died in Afghanistan at age 26) and unleashed what police say was supposed to be an attack just on Westboro, but claimed other victims. He faces 16 counts of misdemeanor assault and the bigger doozy: one count of felony assault on a police officer.
Alas, Westboro’s members claim they weren’t even hit with the pepper spray. They shielded themselves by using their “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” signs.