TV show depicts arrest of Colorado drug suspect
An hour-long A&E network broadcast of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” on Jan. 11 featured a three-day trip by Duane “Dog” Chapman to an area about 300 miles west of Colorado Springs, in Mesa County, in the summer of 2011 to arrest a fugitive on charges related to drug offenses.
At the time, the suspect was wanted on two felony warrants for failure to appear in court on methamphetamine charges.
The tape of the arrest shows Chapman and company firing a massive volley of pepper-spray pellets at the suspect.
The man was in an SUV when the show’s crew stopped him on Grand Valley Street in Grand Junction. The suspect was a passenger in the SUV, and the film crew is shown at the end of the program cleaning the pepper spray from the arrestee’s eyes.
Following the arrest, the show’s crew transported the arrestee to the Mesa County jail, where he was turned over to the custody of the sheriff.
The sheriff apparently made comments suggesting that the use of the pepper-ball pellets against the arrestee was excessive, with the arrestee receiving between two to 10 wounds on his body as a result of this use of force.
The sheriff also complained, in a blog posting, that the TV crew marched the arrestee, contaminated by the pepper spray, into the lobby of the sheriff’s office, exposing sheriff’s staff and other people present to the risk of harm from the chemicals.
The sheriff stated that he had the prisoners examined by medical personnel and cleaned up before he was booked into the jail. He reportedly declined offers of medical treatment.
Source: Daily Sentinel: “‘Dog’ show leaves out sheriff spat,” Paul Schockley, Jan. 12, 2012