Here's a that shaky YouTube clip showing police escorting the religious protester away from an angry mob. In the background, bikers on hand to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church can be heard revving their engines.
But was the protester really a member of the Westboro Baptist Church?
According to the Joplin Globe, the answer is "no."
The newspaper reports that the Westboro Baptist Church failed to arrive in Joplin on Sunday. The man chased from the scene Sunday was apparently a freelance proselytizer from Arkansas -- and not from Westboro's home camp of Topeka, Kansas -- who was mistakenly shepherded into the area reserved for the Westboro Baptist Church.
After being escorted away from the scene, police reportedly drove the man to the county line.