A funeral procession was making its way to the graveyard when the California Highway Patrol stopped them for going too slow. The family was understandably distressed when the 100-car procession was delayed more than an hour from arriving at the place of interment.
“A lot of the family members did not make it to the gravesite,” Rachel Behn-Humphrey, daughter of the deceased, said to the local news station KTLA. “We sat on the side of the freeway so long, they had to go on. I saw some of them drive past.”
The funeral procession was guided by a uniformed traffic escort. Officers have discretion in these situations to not make a stop.
Behn-Humphrey is asking the police department for a public apology. The attorney representing the family has expressed that the situation has been handled extremely poorly by the authorities.
“It exceeds the bounds of all human decency,” said Edward Ramsey, the family’s attorney. “An officer has the discretion to stop or not stop a funeral procession like this. If it was me, I would have probably escorted this procession to the burial.”
As of this time, the California Highway Patrol has not issued a statement regarding the matter.