During a recent interview, Duane Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, did not hold back when asked about the events leading up to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
Although Chapman is a bounty hunter, he is well-versed in police procedures. He knows there is a fine line between protecting the public and enforcing laws with abusive power. Chapman stated that what he saw from police in the infamous viral video of Floyd’s death crossed that line.
Chapman spoke with Tom Green on his ‘Tom Green Interview‘ podcast during an episode that was released on Thursday. Dog the Bounty Hunter expressed dismay at the actions of the officers involved. However, he was not willing to demonize police and law enforcement as a whole group.
“What a pity,” Chapman said in the podcast. “That’s happening across the United States.”
“Every cop is not like that. It’s a small percent,” the 67-year-old continued. “There are dang good cops in America, and there’s a few rotten. There’s a few priests that are rotten. So you can’t hold it against every cop, but we all know which cops do it.”
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Chapman went on to explain that there are often various unspoken codes that bond groups together — like police officers. In fact, he said that can create a culture where no one can “rat on each other.” Additionally, Chapman says he was stunned when he viewed officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck. But, he also blames the police chief and mayor of the city of Minneapolis.
“There’s an old Indian saying that, ‘S–t runs downhill.’ And when it’s crooked on top, it’s crooked down (below, as well),” Chapman explained.
On May 25, Floyd, a Black man, was killed after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. Floyd’s last words were allegedly, “I can’t breathe.”
Afterward, weeks of civil unrest and protests across the nation dominated the news. The incident involving Floyd alongside Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of police in her own home sparked a wave of outcries for social justice and police reform. Demonstrations for racial equality and against police brutality are still ongoing.
Chapman most recently starred in ‘Dog’s Most Wanted’ on WGN. He has been a bounty hunter for multiple decades, filming his original bounty hunter TV show in Hawaii. Chapman also spoke to Green about multiple other topics that included the use of non-lethal weapons and racial injustices.
You can listen to the entire podcast HERE.
[H/T Taste of Country]