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Celebrity bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman received a scathing public rebuke from a western Colorado sheriff, who accused the flamboyant reality TV star of reckless showmanship in bringing his latest bail-jumper to justice.

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Chapman engaged in “profit-driven peacockery” and disregarded public safety when he delivered the injured, pepper-sprayed 29-year-old fugitive to the county jail on Wednesday while TV cameras rolled.

“While Dog stayed outside, shirtless and sweaty, prancing back and forth waving his golden locks for the camera, his team brought this freshly pepper-sprayed fellow into the enclosed space of the Sheriff’s Office lobby with other citizens present,” Hilkey wrote in a blog posting.

“They also brought him in injured.”

Hilkey said arrestees who have been chemically sprayed must be de-contaminated and medically cleared before they are booked into the jail, “especially (for) injuries that are inflicted by a non-governmental employee subject to no policy or use of policy restrictions.”

Source: Keith Coffman for Reuters.

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