Chattanooga declares shooting sites, funerals and memorials off-limits to protesters

Mayor Andy Berke cites state, federal law protecting funerals and memorial services

Charlene Jacobs, right, kneels to pay her respects on Monday, July 20, 2015, while at the Lee Highway memorial set up for last Thursday's Chattanooga shooting victims. Thaboua joined hundreds of others early Monday morning awaiting the possible arrival of Westboro Baptist Church members. Messages appearing to originate from the Westboro Baptist Twitter account indicated that the small church planned to picket the funerals of slain servicemembers killed in Chattanooga. The organization did not show up.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has declared memorials at Lee Highway and Amnicola Highway, at which a 24-year-old gunman mounted brazen attacks on two military installations last Thursday, as "protected memorial services, which will shield them from any protests," according to news releases.

The gunman, who officials said on Wednesday was a "violent extremist," killed five and wounded others during his assault, before being shot and killed by police.

"Since the incidents, the sites have served as memorials to the fallen heroes, and thousands of people have visited the sites to memorialize the mourn them," Berke wrote in a directive, labeled number 2015-01.