Source: BC Heights
Popular R&B artist Trey Songz will not be facing charges for an alleged altercation with police officers at the AFC championship game in Kansas City, prosecutors announced on Tuesday, April 27. Mike Mansur, a spokesman for Jackson County’s prosecutor’s office, pointed out that the evidence gathered thus far is insufficient, and the police were notified of this decision late last week.
Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, was arrested and jailed overnight in January. Police have said he scuffled with officers during his arrest. On January 24, 2021, Songz was arrested in Kansas City, Missouri, while attending the conference championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. Fans were heckling Songz, and he asked them to “chill out.” An officer came over, and from sources and a video released by TMZ, an altercation ensued. This altercation leads to Songz’s arrest and charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, and for assaulting a police officer, a low-grade felony. He was released from custody the next day.
Sources connected to Songz with direct knowledge told TMZ he believes the officer in question had it in for him long before the altercation. When the officer came over to him, he was immediately aggressive. Another source says the officer’s issue before the incident was that Trey and his crew were not wearing masks and refused to put them on. Kansas City Police Department released the security video from their section, which showed that his Songz’s party had several warnings after multiple encounters with security and police, eventually resulting in Songz being calmly escorted out of the seating area. At that point, he threw the first punch at the police officer.
The police report said the man refused to follow orders from private security guards and was asked to leave. When he refused, officers from the Kansas City police and Jackson County Sheriff’s office were called, and he was told he would be arrested if he didn’t comply. The report said he punched one officer and put him in a headlock.
When reacting to the prosecutor’s decision not to pursue the case, Captain David Jackson, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department, said on Tuesday that the completed case file, including surveillance video, was sent to prosecutors. He added that “the prosecutor decides to charge or not charge a suspect.” Songz’s representative, Sydney Margetson, declined to comment on the prosecutor’s decision.
In October, Songz posted on Instagram that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He said he was taking the disease very seriously and urged his fans to do the same.
Songz is a three-time Grammy-nominated singer. He earned his fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart with Back Home last year. His other four chart-topping albums are Passion, Pain & Pleasure; Chapter V; Trigga; and Tremaine The Album. He has also appeared in films including Texas Chainsaw 3D and Baggage Claim, and he starred in Blood Brother in 2018.
In 2017, Songz was charged with felony assault and assaulting a police officer after becoming upset when he was told to end his performance in Detroit. Authorities said microphones and speakers were thrown from the stage. Songz pleaded guilty in August 2017 to two counts of disturbing the peace and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.