Slaves frontman Jonny Craig had an eventful night during the band’s show in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 12th.
Their set at Pub Rock Live was cut 30 minutes short as police swooped in, following a biffo between members of support act, Ghost Town.
According to a police report, Craig was also taken into custody and charged with “damaging property” and “disorderly conduct”, with footage of his arrest popping up on social media.
Slaves have since taken to Facebook to confirm that the charges against Craig have now been dropped, and accusing the cops of “excessive use of force” against their frontman.
The band’s full statement reads:
To confirm the rumors, Jonny Craig was arrested last night in Scottsdale, AZ.
As Slaves were performing on stage, an altercation was transpiring backstage between members of the band Ghost Town causing the venue to call the authorities. While police arrived, the bands set was hastily shut down 30 minutes early by cutting off all microphones on stage.
Unaware of what was happening (along with the fans), Jonny “dropped the mic” and damaged a few microphones (approximately $60 dollars worth of damages, which were paid for by the band). In response, the police handcuffed and arrested Jonny for criminal damage. This was obviously an excessive use of force (realized later), resulting in all charges to be dropped and Jonny to be immediately released.
We want to thank all fans, old & new for their support on the release of our new album & coming out to this tour.
We’ll see you again soon,
Catch footage of Craig’s bogus arrest below.
Yo went to the @SLAVESOFFICIAL concert last night. Shit was lit up until @jonnycraig4L was fucking arrested! The venue @PubRockLive cut everyone’s setlist short and the wouldn’t let slaves perform the only encore song. Here’s what went down. #FreeJonnyCraig 😤🖕🏽 pic.twitter.com/a84LHo046A
— Putocito ✨ (@MikkoPongos) March 13, 2018