Video Shows Tennessee ABC Officer Push Chris Young To The Ground Before Arrest In Nashville Bar

Chris Young arrest video
Newschannel 5/Nick Beres

Let’s go to the tape…

Chris Young was arrested last night in Nashville after an altercation with agents from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission who were conducting compliance checks on the bars in midtown.

According to the arrest affidavit, Young was at Tin Roof on Demonbreun Street in midtown when agents were completing 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.”

After finishing up, officers say Young began following the agents around and asking questions while recording them.

They then moved to the nearby Dawg House, where Young and his group followed them and the situation reportedly turned hostile.

The affidavit says that Young began talking to patrons and the bartender at the Dawg House before stopping officers from leaving once they had finished up.

Young reportedly “struck” one of the officers on the shoulder, and it took two officers to physically detain the country singer.

“While walking out the door Mr. Young put his hands out to stop me from leaving the bar and struck 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.”

The report indicates that his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred during the incident.

Young was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. He has since been released from custody.

But video released of the incident raises questions about the officer’s version of the events…

Video posted by Nick Beres of Newschannel 5 in Nashville shows Young in a leather jacket and black hat, reportedly waiting to ask officers why they took a picture of his ID. As he reaches out to the agent walking past him, the officer then pushes Young, knocking him into the bar and onto the ground.

Young then gets up and backs away with his hands up as a crowd gathers in the middle of the altercation.

The video doesn’t show Young “stuck” the officer in the shoulder as the report alleges, but he does stick his arm out as the agent walks by in an attempt to get their attention.

According to Beres:

“According to Young’s lawyer all his client wanted to do was to confirm the identity of the men — who were not in obvious uniforms … and ask about the photo of his ID.”

You can read the officer’s version of the events in the below affidavit:

And check out the video posted by Nick Beres (with further video and angles in the comments of his post).

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