Zach Bryan has had a pretty eventful month so far.
Last week, the country singer was arrested for obstructing an investigation during a traffic stop in rural Oklahoma. He quickly issued a public apology for his behavior, both to his fans and to the police officers who dealt with him, and now the National Police Association tells Fox News Digital that police officers everywhere are impressed.
“When the report of his arrest and of course the video came out, he said some very harsh things,” said Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, spokeswoman for the National Police Association, said. “Then he very quickly made this apology which, you know, seemed to us to be… a very sincere and heartfelt apology.”
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Smith continued: “And here’s the thing: people say and do stupid things. But he showed a lot of contrition and as law enforcement we don’t see that often, especially from celebrities… he had some harsh language and other things and as law enforcement, we’re used to hearing that kind of language. And, you know, people get angry with us when they are arrested. But apologizing is something I can’t, off the top of my head, come meet another celebrity who did it so quickly and sincerely after having a negative experience with law enforcement .”
Bryan was arrested after stopping behind his security guard when he was stopped by police. After waiting several minutes for the situation to resolve, he got out of his car to smoke a cigarette. When the officer told him to get back in his car, he challenged the decision.
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In dashcam footage obtained by Fox News Digital, Bryan was seen sitting in a police car, complaining about the discomfort of his handcuffs. He was visibly upset and was heard saying, “The fucking cops are really out of control.”
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In a series of videos he shared on his Instagram Story shortly after his release from prison, he apologized profusely, explaining the situation in full and admitting that he had been an “idiot” and an “idiot.” ..”.
After posting the videos, Bryan taken atformerly known as Twitter, wrote: “To be clear in the video I posted, I’m not trying to save face or act like a nice guy, I was a complete spoiled asshole to these police officers and I will I will spend the next few weeks doing my best to right my wrongs and walk back what I said.”
His message continued: “I respect the police and I made a big mistake. I’m embarrassed for myself, my family and the people I love, but all I can do now is sincerely apologize .”
As Smith explains: “When you watch the interaction, even when he’s angry, he calls the soldier ‘sir.’ »
Smith said she spoke to a number of her fellow officers about the incident: “And they said, ‘We’re glad you spoke up, Sarge, because what often happens in these situations, not only they get angry, but then they fight.” we or they run away or they, you know, create another chaos. Zach spoke, he said inappropriate things, but he complied with the officer’s lawful orders. And then he immediately apologized.
Representatives for Bryan did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
While she told Fox News Digital that it is not uncommon for offenders to later apologize to the officers who arrested them, Smith added: “Over the last three years, law enforcement The order has been vilified and demonized and many people feel almost empowered to refuse to comply. law enforcement.
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“And the National Police Association, the organization that I’m the spokesperson for, we actually produced a PSA called ‘Comply Now, Complain Later,’ because what we were seeing was… were people fighting against police officers who are engaged in law enforcement activities. . And it can end very badly.”
Asked about the divide among Bryan’s fans – some also applauded him for his apology, while others condemned him for defending the police – Smith explained: “Well, he committed a crime. He was arrested for obstruction…just because you” Being a celebrity doesn’t mean we won’t handcuff you. You know, we treat everyone the same. And that’s what the Oklahoma police did.
“But there’s a real divide in the country music world between supporters of law enforcement, if you will…there have been celebrities like George Strait who wrote and recorded a song called ‘The Weight of the Badge’. And Jason Aldean, you know, “Try That in a Small Town,” it’s a very pro-law enforcement song, it’s a very pro-police song. And he spoke out against the riots. There are other country music stars like Maren Morris, who you know is, is extremely woke.”
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In a final statement about Bryan, Smith said: “I hope he takes this opportunity to use (his) celebrity to help support America’s law enforcement and enforcement charities such as the National Police Association and Wounded Blue and Law Enforcement Officer Legal. Defense funds and things like that. There are many good law enforcement charities, and I hope he takes this opportunity to continue to show contrition and support for America’s law enforcement.