Heavily intoxicated man arrested for disorderly conduct at downtown prayer vigil

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Charleston Police on Sunday arrested an intoxicated man who was causing a disturbance at a prayer vigil in Marion Square honoring lives lost in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

During that vigil, police say a man began disrupting a speaker who was making comments about assault rifle legislation. The subject reportedly shouted “get out” and “this isn’t political,” disturbing the peace and tranquility of those gathered in the park.

Officers made contact with the subject, later identified as Kenny Paulk of Louisiana, and escorted him away from the crowd.

While speaking with him, the report said Paulk had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and person. He also spoke in circles while officers questioned him.

Paulk told officers he was in town visiting with family and decided to come to the prayer vigil. His wife called at one point, but he refused to answer the phone.

Officers Paulk continued talking in a loud, boisterous manner to the point that several vigil attendees approached the officers and asked them to move further away.

When police officer advised the man to speak with his wife so she could come pick him up, he refused, saying instead “I’d rather go to jail.”

Due to his behavior and level of intoxication while at a public gathering, Paulk was taken into custody and transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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