The Westboro Baptist Church, which has stated the dead ‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn is in hell and that the daredevil TV personality was a 'drab pervert,' has said it will send it members from Kansas to Pennsylvania to protest Dunn's public funeral service.
On Wednesday, a private funeral ceremony was held in West Chester, attended by celebrity friends and close family members. No untoward incident was reported at the ceremony.
But police are bracing for trouble at the public ceremony which is likely to be announced shortly, as the Westboro Church is intent on picketing the function.
West Chester Police have the unenviable task of protecting the rights of both the family members and the protesters. What is required is a tough balancing act.
Our department recognizes that we have an ethical and legal imperative to uphold civil rights of those who choose to lawfully assemble to protest, but also of family members mourning at a funeral, West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn told CNN.
The radical group, which is marked for its tirades against homosexuality and picketing at military funerals, says Dunn's Monday morning fatal car crash was the result of his sinful example as reflected in his MTV reality shows and films where he engaged in crazy, sexual stunts.
Dunn's career in daredevilry had left the conservative church group seething with anger. They did not forgive him even after death and said Dunn is in hell, adding that the TV star was “arrogant” and a “proud sinner.
“WBC will picket any public memorial/funeral held for Dunn, warning all not to make a mock of sin, & to fear & obey God!” the radical group said.
“This is no prank! In His wrath, God cut off this young man in the prime of his life, because he made a mock of sin, and taught his fellow man to grievously sin against God!”
Best known for the Jackass show, Dunn had also starred in spinoffs like 'Viva la Bam,' and his own MTV show 'Homewrecker'.
It was reported on Wednesday that the daredevil, whose death has kicked up unseemly controversies, had an alcohol level of 0.196, way higher than the 0.08 legal limit set for drivers in Pennsylvania.
Police also said Dunn's Porsche 911 GT3 was traveling at a speed of 140 miles per hour (mph) on the stretch of a road where speed limit is 55 mph. The car careened off the road trying to negotiate speeds too fast to handle, crashed through the guardrails, sped into the woods out of control and exploded in flames.
Surveillance footage from the bar where Dunn had his last drink, the Barnbay's, showed that Dunn had a rather steady gait and clear speech when he left in the wee hours of Monday. The bar manager also testified that Dunn had not looked punch-drunk.
He spoke clearly. He walked clearly.... If these results are true, I'm shocked at it, general manager Frank Herron told the LA Times. He said he has passed on the tapes to the police.
Dunn and his 30-year-old passenger Zachary Hartwell died on the spot of the accident after their Porsche caught fire in the force of the crash. The remains of the car looked no better than a spider's web.
His car was capable of reaching 190 mile per hour and the accident was surmised to have been caused by high speed. Hours before his death Dunn had tweeted a photo of himself, along with two male friends, having drinks.