Duane “Dog” Chapman from "Dog & Beth On the Hunt" has been speaking out on regulating bounty hunters. In an incident involving bounty hunter Benny Gordon, Dog is determined to change current legislation to make bounty hunters go through mandatory licensing and training.
According to the Tribune Herald, Benny Gordon made news when police charged him with first-degree criminal property damage and second-degree reckless endangering, two counts each of third degree promotion of a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia. Benny is a bondsman for 4Freedom Bail Bonds. He allegedly was on a high-speed chase, trying to apprehend Raylad Brown. According to reports, Benny slammed his pickup into Raylad’s car several times. One time resulted in damaging a rock wall on private property. The incident happened Sept. 4, 2013 and Benny was indicted on Jan. 15, 2014.
Benny chased down the suspect on foot. When police arrived, it is a case of two very different testimonies. Police arrested Benny and they found two glass pipes that contained the residue of crystal methamphetamine on him. He said the pipes belonged to Raylad. He also denies ramming into the rock wall.
Benny has a long past criminal record, of at least 24 convictions, ranging from forgery, theft, credit card fraud, car theft, escape, attempted theft, and a firearms charge. He has at least nine felonies on his record.
In April 2013, Dog and Beth met with lawmakers in Oklahoma City at the state capitol hoping to have an impact at changing the legislation to regulate bounty hunters. They have been working with the Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey to change the current legislative bill by having tougher regulation. They touched on this subject last year on their show, “Dog and Beth on the Hunt” on CMT.
When Dog catches his bail jumper and finds dope or drug paraphernalia on them, he has them destroy it. Drugs are destroyed by dumping them out, smashing them underfoot or watering them away. Dog has the fugitives smash their glass pipes.
Some felons make excellent bounty hunters, while others bend the law to catch their fugitive in any way possible. What do you think? Do you agree with Dog, that we need tougher regulation for bounty hunters, or do you think that bounty hunters have a right to apprehend the bail jumper no matter the cost?