A 43-year-old man was arrested this morning after a disturbance outside the South Side church where services are being held for slain 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.
The Chicago man, whose name was not available immediately, became "loud and verbally abusive'' in a parking lot adjacent to the church, said Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
"Officers tried to calm him down but he was uncooperative and he refused to remain peaceful,'' said Mirabelli.
The man was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both of which are misdemeanors, said Mirabelli.
The man was there with his girlfriend to pay his respects and is no relation to the Pendletons, the officer said.
On the scene, it initially appeared police took two men into custody after they got into an altercation near the back of the long line of mourners waiting to get into the church in the 5100 block of South State Street.
It happened about 8:45 a.m. and prompted an emergency police 10-1 call, meaning an officer immediately needs assistance.
One man was agitated, complaining about the long wait to get in. A second man confronted him and they began shoving each other, and then a group of police intervened.
Some bystanders shook their heads in disgust.
“This is a baby's funeral,” one woman said loudly.
“Another bad moment for Chicago in the news,” said another woman in response.
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