National Police Association Praises Zach Bryan For Public Apology After Arrest: “He Displayed A Lot Of Contrition”

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Craig County Sheriff

Zach Bryan made national headlines when he was arrested last week.

The Oklahoma native was arrested in his home state and booked on an “obstruction of investigation” charge and then released on bond.

You can see his mugshot from the Craig County Sheriff’s Office online records here:

Zach has since released an apology for his actions, saying that he let the emotions get the best of him.

In the dash cam video, he can be seen pulling up in his black truck next to the white car that his security guard was driving was pulled over in, prompting the officer to come up to him and say that he needs to get back into his truck or else he could be charged with interference.

Bryan clearly doesn’t think the officer will do so and challenges him:

“I’ll go to jail, let’s do it.”

Which then prompts the officer to tell him to turn around so that he can cuff Zach and put him the front seat of his car. The country star gets pretty apologetic, pretty quickly.

Once cuffed and in the car, things really start to get heated as Zach gets increasingly frustrated with the police. Bryan at one point even tells the officer:

“I’ll get back in my truck right now if you let me out of these handcuffs. If you don’t, it is going to be a mistake sir. I promise. I know every sheriff in Tulsa, I let 40 of them go to my show.

I know you don’t give a f*ck but this is insane. This is the second time this has happened in three days. These f**king cops are out of control.”

The officer also asked Bryan’s security guard why Bryan was so “irate,” and according to the police report, he said:

“He is a musician and that he was under a lot of stress and pressure.”

You can watch the full video here:

The apology from Bryan came before any of the dash footage was released, and Zach seemed pretty genuinely embarrassed and sorry for how everything went down.

And in a recent interview with Fox News, National Police Association official spokesperson Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith says that officers all across the country are impressed with his choosing to address it and apologize so publicly very quickly (the video was issued the following morning on Zach’s social media):

“When the report of his arrest and then of course the video came out, he said some really harsh things.

Then he very quickly came out with that apology that, you know, seemed to us to be… a very sincere, heartfelt apology. And this is the thing: people say and do stupid things. But he displayed a lot of contrition and as law enforcement we don’t often see that, especially from celebrities…

He had some harsh language and things and as law enforcement, we’re used to hearing that kind of language. And, you know, people get angry at us when they get arrested.

But coming out with that apology is something that I can’t, off the top of my head, come up with another celebrity who’s done it that quickly and that sincerely after having a negative experience with law enforcement.”

And all in the same week as his arrest, Zach’s self-titled record debuted at the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums chart (a first for him), and his duet with Kacey Musgraves “I Remember Everything” also debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, a first for both of them.

In addition, every single song on Zach Bryan debuted within the Top 50 of the all-genre chart, also marking the first time that 20 country songs have placed in Hot 100’s top 40 (Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen and Oliver Anthony also have singles within the Top 20).

The album has since spent a second week at #1 on the all-genre albums chart, and the duet with Kacey is now being marketed to country radio as an official single.

“I Remember Everything”

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