Protection from Protesters - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Protection from Protesters

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Man dies after falling off truck bed

    Man dies after falling off truck bed

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:30:12 GMT

    One man is dead after officials say he fell off of a truck bed.

    More >>

    One man is dead after officials say he fell off of a truck bed.

    More >>
  • Head Start students in Valdosta receive free oral health screening

    Head Start students in Valdosta receive free oral health screening

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:03 GMT
    Oral hygienists from the Georgia Department of Public Health examined the teeth of some of the students at one of the Head Start centers in Valdosta Tuesday morning to get a better understanding of the level of oral health and oral health awareness in the area.More >>
    Oral hygienists from the Georgia Department of Public Health examined the teeth of some of the students at one of the Head Start centers in Valdosta Tuesday morning to get a better understanding of the level of oral health and oral health awareness in the area.More >>
  • UPS to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

    UPS to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:44:34 GMT
    UPS said it expects to hire approximately 90,000 to 95,000 seasonal employees to handle increased demand for package deliveries over the holiday season.More >>
    UPS said it expects to hire approximately 90,000 to 95,000 seasonal employees to handle increased demand for package deliveries over the holiday season.More >>

December 11, 2006

Valdosta - On October 3rd, Staff Sgt James Ellis was killed by a roadside bomb while serving with the U.S Army in Iraq.

Ulrica Ellis was devastated to learn a hate group was planning to picket outside her husband's funeral.  "For them to come and do something like that instead of paying respects, it upset me," Ellis says.

An area outside the Greater Union Baptist Church was set aside for the protesters, but they never showed up.  Situations like this prompted state lawmakers to take action  "Quite frankly the General Assembly was offended and we passed a legislation that makes it a misdemeanor to protest, yelling or being at a funeral and trying to disrupt it in any sort of manner," says State Senator Tim Golden.

House Bill 606 does just that.  "Whether it's yelling, physically blocking funerals, anything you do at funerals, you can not protest or if you do you have to be 500 feet away," Golden adds.

The General Assembly hopes this new law will keep hate groups away from funerals in the state.  Military families are just thankful for the help.  "I had no idea what they could do to us but at least the next family will know what to prepare for," Ellis says.

Oklahoma and Iowa have also adapted similar laws.