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- Posted on May 19th 2010 9:25PM by Benjy Eisen
The band, who toured last year with the Black Crowes, returned to their hotel room after their show at the Cellar Door. About an hour later, according to the band's publicist, two Visalia police officers with the assistance of a hotel security guard entered the room where singer and guitarist Tim Jones was staying and arrested him for reasons that are still unclear to the band. Jones spent the night in jail but was released the following day.
"This was a classic example of cops abusing their power," Jones tells Spinner. "I can't even begin to speculate as to what instigated this. All I know is I was awakened by a female and male cop, who broke into my room with flashlights. I was handcuffed and thrown to the ground, dragged into the hallway and taken to jail. It makes as little sense as it sounds."
Stranger still, at his scheduled arraignment, the band's legal representatives say they discovered that no actual charges had been filed by the District Attorney's office. "We have filed a claim against the city of Visalia and await their response and hopefully the release of the police report that they have refused to release to me or my attorneys," says Jones. "It is all incredibly peculiar. It is my understanding they have 45 days to respond, so we shall see soon."
In the meantime, Truth & Salvage Co. will release their debut album on May 25. The album was produced by Chris Robinson, who has also been arrested in his past. The difference is that at least Robinson understood why. Kinda.