reported on Monday that Anonymous planned to target WBO after the church Tweeted plans to protest Sandy Hook funerals. News of WBO's plans quickly spread, thanks in part to the attention given by Anonymous.
After hearing of WBC's plans, a group called The Bravest
sent out a plea for firefighters and police officers to attend any scheduled Sandy Hook school shooting funeral. An announcement on the groups website said
"FIREFIGHTERS and POLICE OFFICERS needed in Newtown CT
Newtown CT is asking for our help. We are trying to assemble teams of 15 to stand in a wall blocking the Westboro Baptist Church protesters from the families during the funerals of the victims of the shootings.
If you are able to put together teams of 15 and can get to Newtown CT please let us know.
If you would like to go single, or with a few,also let us know, and we will try to put teams together."
The operation, dubbed "Stand The Wall", saw several agencies from around the New England area put together teams and attend funerals on Wednesday. The officers and firefighters provided a human shield between grieving friends and family and members and WBC protesters.
The response by members of the firefighting and law enforcement communities was overwhelming. The Bravest plan to have teams at each funeral through at least Friday.