ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden is getting some support from an unlikely TV personality.
Duane “Dog” Chapman, better known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” defended the chief in a radio interview that will air Thursday morning.
He said the two are good friends.
Morning radio hosts Double J and LB Johnson from Power 106.7 thought they were going to interview “Dog” about the new season of his CMT show, “Dog and Beth: On The Hunt.”
But the interview, which airs Thursday morning at 7:30, took a strange turn.
“My good friend from Michigan, he’s a tough cop, is the new police chief in Albuquerque,” he said.
“You’re very lucky to have that guy,” he continued. “He’s like the top echelon in law enforcement.”
Double J said he didn’t know that Dog knew Gorden Eden, but decided to go with it.
“I thought, well, let me ask him if he wants to give the protesters some advice,” Double J said.
“Well, number 1: If you’re not there, then you have no idea,” he said. “Cops are trained to kill and that’s not offensive. If you’re going after a cop with a lethal weapon, you are going to die. How stupid is that?”
This isn’t Dog’s first time getting involved in issues in New Mexico.
Last year, he lobbied in the Roundhouse for Bounty Hunter reform.
While he didn’t hold back his opinions in the interview, he told protesters to keep quiet.
“There’s an an old Indian saying: Until you walk a mile in their moccasins, shut your mouth,” he said.
The interview airs Thursday morning and the radio hosts are expecting mixed reactions when the listener calls come in.
“I think some people are going to be, ‘Yeah, I agree with him whole-heartedly’ and I think others people are going to be angry,” said DJ LB Johnson.
“I do think it would be really funny, though, if we found out that he really didn’t even know Chief Eden, like he was just reading newspaper reports,” Double J said.
A spokesperson for APD confirmed their relationship for KRQE News 13
“Yes,” APD spokesperson Janet Blair wrote in an email. “The Chief and Dog are friends.”