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Church group to protest fallen officer's funeral

OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A Kansas based church group plans to protest the funeral of fallen Ogden police officer Agent Jared Francom on Wednesday.
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A Kansas based church group plans to protest the funeral of fallen Ogden police officer Agent Jared Francom on Wednesday.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church said they will picket at the Odgen Dee Events Center. The group is known for their controversial protests against gays and for protests of funerals for military and law enforcement personnel.

Fred Phelps, Jr., son of the church founder, said Francom was killed by an angry god.

“If people don’t want to hear it they can turn their eyes and not look at our signs,” Phelps said. “We’re not forcing anybody to listen or read.”

Friends of Francom call their planned protest insensitive.

“I think it’s horrible for the family to see something like this,” Lori Daniels, a friend of the Francom family, said.

We reached out to Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. He is shocked and angered.

“For them to say god is angry and god killed Jared Francom is about the same credibility as Warren Jeffs in prison saying he speaks for god,” Shurtleff said. “These people do not.”

The members plan to protest from 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The church group said they plan to obey all restrictions and/or permits if necessary and are just expressing their first amendment right.
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