Chris Young’s Arrest: New Surveillance Footage Disputes Officer’s Arrest Report

The clips give viewers an inside look into the situation.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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January 24, 2024

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Chris Young; Photo by Erika Goldring, Getty Images for CMT

Footage has surfaced, revealing an inside look at the events that took place leading to the arrest of Chris Young in a Midtown Nashville Bar on Monday evening. 

A new video obtained by Newschannel5 reporter Nick Beres appears to contradict what was reported by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent in the affidavit, as the recently shared clips captured by the Dawghouse Saloon’s security cameras disclose shocking new details.

Security Video Reveals New Details

On Tuesday (Jan. 22), Beres shared surveillance videos from multiple angles to allow viewers to get a clear understanding of the situation that unfolded. In the clip, Young, who is donning a black leather jacket, is seen standing around the bar with his friends as the TABC agents walked past the 38-year-old.

The agents appear to be making their way to the exit doors when Young lightly tapped an agent on the arm in what looks to be an unaggressive approach to get his attention. The agent then seemingly escalated the situation by forcefully pushing Young back, causing him to hit his back on the bar and stumble over a stool.

After nearly falling on the floor as a result of the agent’s actions, Young collected himself, immediately backed up, and put his hands up to signify that he didn’t want any issues. 

Altercation With The Agents

As stated in the affidavit obtained by Country Now, Young was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest (Res. Arr.) and Assault of an Officer. While the footage did not show Young’s arrest, nor if he resisted arrest, it has left viewers in the comment section of Beres’ post to believe that the agent may have overemphasized on his report.

The reported stated that Young “put his hands out to stop me from leaving the bar and stuck me on the shoulder. I then pushed Mr. Young to create distance, since I had no idea of who Mr. Young was or what he had.”

According to Young’s lawyer, Bill Ramsey, “What happened to my client Chris Young at a bar in Nashville on Monday night was wrong, and he never should have been arrested and charged in the first place. In light of the video evidence, Tennessee ABC needs to drop the charges and apologize for the physical, emotional and professional harm done towards my client.”

Chris Young; Photo by John Shearer
Chris Young; Photo by John Shearer

Why Did Young Get Arrested?

The “Right Now” singer was arrested on January 22 after a “hostile” encounter with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents. According to the affidavit obtained by Country Now, Young was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest (Res. Arr.) and Assault of an Officer.

The document stated that the agents with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission entered Tin Roof on Demonbreun Street in Midtown Nashville at 8:30 p.m. to conduct a compliance check.

“When we walked into the bar, a man sitting at the bar, later found to be Mr. Young, had his ID in his hand above his head,” the affidavit reported.

After checking Chris Young’s ID via their AgeID application, the agents then returned the 38-year-old singer’s identification card, determining it was valid. 

“Mr. Young started asking questions that were answered at that time and then began video recording us,” the document continued. “We left the bar after finishing our check and went to Dawg House next door to continue compliance checks.”

The Situation Reportedly Turned “Hostile”

The “Right Now” singer and his group of friends followed the agents into the bar and proceeded to talk to customers and bartenders. After arriving at the DawgHouse, agents made their way to the back of the bar to check that the establishment had the appropriate credentials to serve alcohol.

“While walking out the door, Mr. Young put his hands out to stop me from leaving the bar and stuck me on the shoulder. I then pushed Mr. Young to create distance, since I had no idea of who Mr. Young was or what he had.” Once that happened, most of the patrons of the bar got up and got between TABC agents and Mr. Young and began yelling and screaming. SA Amorese started trying to talk to Mr. Young, who began walking backwards and not complying with SA Amorese’s orders.

The agents then had to “physically detain” Young to put him in handcuffs. Following his arrest, friends of Young began to follow the agents and made the incident become “hostile.”

The affidavit also reported that Young’s “eyes were blood shot and watery, as well as having slurred speech.”

Released On Bond, Due To Appear In Court

Young has since been released on bond. The case remains open with pending charges against the country singer, who is expected to appear in front of Judge Lynda Jones on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 10:30AM CT.

Chris Young has yet to comment on the situation. Country Now has reached out to Young’s team for comment.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.