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"Cruise" band controversy with local Sheriff

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The Jones County Sheriff is clearing the air tonight after an incident with the band Florida Georgia Line at the Jones County Fair.

The band is getting some backlash after they allegedly told the Sheriff they didn't want any uniformed officers behind the stage.

A lot of fans are asking the band how they could be so disrespectful to police in a time when tensions are already high. Then you have Florida Georgia Line clarifying that it was all just a misunderstanding. 

"Baby you a song you make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise," is a lyric from the bands popular song "Cruise."

Well cruise wasn't exactly the way the band Florida Georgia Line left their concert at the Jones County fair last week. 

There were a few bumps in the road.

Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver says he hadn't heard from the band before the show about any security plan for the headliners.

So he went backstage to ask the band what kind of security they needed from him and his officers. It was then, that he learned from another Jones County Fair security officer that a representative from the band had allegedly requested no unformed police presence behind the stage.

Jones County deputies remained in front of the stage and in the crowd. 

In a statement, Sheriff Graver said, "No reason was given and I felt I did not need one. The request for no uniformed  presence behind stage is rare, but does happen. I don't have to, but I generally honor their request."

But Sheriff Graver says he did deny one request. 

When Florida Georgia Line asked the Sheriff to help escort their tour bus out of the fair, not just once, but twice, the Sheriff said no.

"The decision to decline was mine and mine only," said Sheriff Graver.

Over the past few days, many fans have been taking to social media attacking the band and accusing them of showing hate towards police. 

Florida Georgia Line went to Facebook to clear the air, "You won't find two guys more supportive of the police than we are.

KWWL did reach out to Florida Georgia Line, but did not get a response from them. 

The band also allegedly denied backstage police presence at a concert in Wisconsin.

Read Sheriff Gravers full statement here. 

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