Arrest Disrupts Funeral in Wilmington, N.C.

Authorities in North Carolina apologized for the bad timing of a bust. They wanted to arrest a man, and they found him at his father's funeral. The Star-News of Wilmington, N.C., reports that the suspect was helpling to load the coffin into a hearse when two cops grabbed him. They put a knee in his back and tasered him as his fellow pallbearers tried to steady the coffin. Police admit they could've waited until after the service. In their defense, they were respectful enough to wear coats and ties.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Authorities in North Carolina apologized for the bad timing of an arrest. They wanted to pick up a man. And they found him at his father's funeral. He was loading the coffin in a hearse when two cops grabbed him. They put a knee in his back, and they tasered him as his fellow pallbearers steadied the coffin. Police admit they could've waited until after the service. But in their defense, they were respectful enough to wear coats and ties. You're listening to Morning Edition.

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