4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Trayvon Martin demonstration comes between Westboro Baptist Church protesters and the Comic-Con crowd

“That was crazy,” says cop

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church — known for picketing the funerals of American servicemen killed overseas — showed up at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 20, just as they had in 2010 to protest the event, telling attendees, “Your life is an abomination,” “Your father is the devil and my father is God,” and “There’s no guarantee you’ll make it back to your hotel room tonight.”

Comic-Con fans rallied to send a message in return, making their own signs, including “Kneel before ZOD” and wielding signs provided by the Happy Atheist organization.

Shouting between the two groups grew heated and a Westboro member was taken aside by an SDPD officer and given a warning after threatening to “kick” a young man’s “ass.”

Police officers in riot gear along with Homeland Security police began filing in along Fifth Avenue, and curious spectators began to speculate on the reason.

Soon, shouts of “Justice for Trayvon!” came from Harbor Drive: demonstrators protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman turned the corner and marched between the Westboro and Comic-Con groups.

The demonstrators made their way down Fifth with no incident. An SDPD officer was heard saying, “That was crazy.”

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Reunions, relocations, revisions, and more good news/bad news

Silent Comedy, Stick Figure, Dewey Defeats Truman, Avenue Army, Schizophonics
Next Article

Getting deep at The Shop: Pizza + Cocktails

“West coast deep-dish” means chunky tomatoes and cornmeal crunch in Rancho Bernardo

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church — known for picketing the funerals of American servicemen killed overseas — showed up at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 20, just as they had in 2010 to protest the event, telling attendees, “Your life is an abomination,” “Your father is the devil and my father is God,” and “There’s no guarantee you’ll make it back to your hotel room tonight.”

Comic-Con fans rallied to send a message in return, making their own signs, including “Kneel before ZOD” and wielding signs provided by the Happy Atheist organization.

Shouting between the two groups grew heated and a Westboro member was taken aside by an SDPD officer and given a warning after threatening to “kick” a young man’s “ass.”

Police officers in riot gear along with Homeland Security police began filing in along Fifth Avenue, and curious spectators began to speculate on the reason.

Soon, shouts of “Justice for Trayvon!” came from Harbor Drive: demonstrators protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman turned the corner and marched between the Westboro and Comic-Con groups.

The demonstrators made their way down Fifth with no incident. An SDPD officer was heard saying, “That was crazy.”

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

A moment of reckoning at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre

Our Gay Oppressors
Next Article

Trax Bar & Cafe: rollicking towards Wellington Central

Di and the pies
Comments
5

Good thing Galactus didn't make an appearance. He would've eaten their respective worlds like last night's leftovers.

July 23, 2013

Talk about a zoo!

July 23, 2013

Awww man I missed it.

July 23, 2013

"...a Westboro member was taken aside by an SDPD officer and given a warning after threatening to “kick” a young man’s “ass.” This has been enough to get a felony strike conviction under criminal threats......

July 23, 2013

Talk about spoilers -- I was down there and these bible nuts were really a pain in the ass. Some came prepared to counter them, but the fact that they were there at all really sucked. Seems you can't have a fun time these days without the bible-thumping wingnuts telling you you're going to hell. Everyone was having a great time with the exception of these people who want to force you to believe their nonsense.

None

July 23, 2013

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close