I read an article a couple of days ago where mourners at a funeral assaulted a couple whose car accidentally crashed into the procession in Logan Square. One person turned herself in to police later on.

But can police arrest someone at a funeral or even a wedding? The short answer is yes.

Citizens are free from arrest unless the police or other law enforcement officer

  • has an arrest warrant;
  • has reasonable grounds to believe an arrest warrant has been issued; or
  • has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is committing or has committed an offense.

An arrest may be made by:

  • An arrest is made by an actual restraint of the person or by his submission to custody.
  • An arrest may be made on any day and at any time of the day or night.
  • An arrest may be made anywhere within the jurisdiction of this State.
  • All necessary and reasonable force may be used to effect an entry into any building or property or part thereof to make an authorized arrest.

So if you have an arrest warrant out for you, you can’t run into a church or attend a funeral without fear of arrest.