Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver was headed backstage Saturday night at the Great Jones County Fair to discuss security protocol with Florida Georgia Line when members of the crew stopped him and said that at the band’s request, no uniformed police officers were allowed backstage.
The Iowa sheriff was also told that the band would withdraw from the show entirely if they saw police backstage, according to TMZ.
Ironically, about halfway through the show, the band requested a police escort out of town after the concert to which Sheriff Graver responded he wouldn’t spend “one tax dollar assisting them.”
According to TMZ the band reached out to several other law enforcement agencies but they all denied the request.
Apparently this is nothing new for Florida Georgia Line, as the same thing happened with law enforcement in Wisconsin last week.
Blowback on social media was swift after word broke of their anti-police stance, and they were forced to issue as statement, via Twitter. In the tweet, Florida Georgia Line said, “we want you to know that we have nothing but love and respect for the police. We are bummed anyone ever got a different impression.”
A quick look at their Facebook page and the photos that others have posted to it shows they have more than a few fans upset with their anti-police stance:
Only time will tell if they evolve their position on law enforcement, but for the moment, there has been no further comment from the band or their PR representatives.
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