Police Break Up Confrontation Between Protesters in Joplin

Published 05/29 2011 01:56PM

Updated 05/29 2011 04:57PM

(Joplin, MO) -- Police in Joplin fired off pepper spray to break up a minor clash between a small group of protesters and another group of people seeking to shield tornado victims from the protest.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas traveled to Joplin to protest ahead of a community memorial service.  The group claims the tornado, which devastated parts of Joplin a week ago, was God's wrath for America tolerating homosexuality.

Members of the Patriot Guard were in the same area as the Westboro group and witnesses tell KOLR10 there was a minor confrontation between one member of each group with shouting and some shoving.  Police sprayed pepper spray to separate the groups.

No one was injured and the confrontation lasted only seconds.

(file photo)

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