Was the arrest directly related to the wake? Yes.
Were the arrested people all charged with the same crime? Yes.
If so, a felony? Misdemeanor? This.
Had they committed the crime with which they were charged? Yes.
Did the police beat up the dead man knowing he was dead? No.
Was too much alcohol involved? Was there a brawl? Yes to both.Spoiler:
This is from the Newfoundland song The Night Pat Murphy Died. The relevant verses:
Then the fight got fierce and strong and everyone joined in,
And someone knocked the whiskers off of poor old Darby Flynn
And dirty Andy Burke was there, what do you think he done?
He turned the corpse right on its head in the corner just for fun
That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honor and their pride
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the house was full the night Pat Murphy died
Someone hollered for the cops, they busted down the door,
They hopped right on old Paddy's back, and they knocked him to the floor
They rapped him twice behind the ears, and once upon the head
And when they got up off his back they found out he was dead.
Well, Mrs. Murphy started in to battlin' with the cops
She licked every one of them, chased them several blocks
A lovely time was had by all, eighteen in court were tried
For breaking out in riot on the night Pat Murphy died.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LUXJlAgHiE