Starting January 1, 2023, Tennessee began enforcing a new law known as Dallas’ Law. This legislation mandates comprehensive training for private guards employed in alcohol-serving establishments, encompassing first aid, CPR, restraint techniques, and de-escalation strategies.
Governor Bill Lee approved this measure in response to the tragic incident involving Dallas “DJ” Barrett, who tragically lost his life in August 2021 following an altercation with security personnel at a honky tonk bar in downtown Nashville. A thorough examination by a medical professional revealed that Barrett, a 22-year-old, died due to oxygen deprivation caused by the restraint of six guards and a bystander. Consequently, his death was ruled a homicide, leading to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated assault against the seven individuals involved.
In addition, TN House Bill HB0322 was passed, revising portions of existing law to require specific Active Shooter Training for security officers working in school environments.
The primary objective of Tennessee’s enhanced security guard training requirements is twofold: to proactively prevent similar incidents from escalating in the future and to avert unnecessary loss of life caused by untrained guards employing inappropriate tactics.