British policeman, 43, faces disciplinary probe after branding George Floyd a ‘drug-crazed maniac’ and blasting Diversity’s BLM-inspired Britain’s Got Talent dance routine
- PC Mark Gunn called George Floyd a ‘drug-crazed maniac’ on podcast ‘PC BBQ’
- The Barry officer added ‘Diversity, they’re not angels,’ regarding their BGT dance
- PC Gunn has apologised and deleted up to five episodes of his Spotify podcast
A police officer is facing a disciplinary investigation after branding George Floyd a ‘drug-crazed maniac,’ and blasting Diversity’s Black Lives Matter-inspired dance routine on Britain’s Got Talent.
PC Mark Gunn, a serving officer for 10 years at South Wales Police, made the controversial comments while discussing Diversity’s dance, which sparked around 24,500 complaints, on a podcast he runs on Spotify, called PC BBQ.
Speaking about the moment Diversity referenced the death of Mr Floyd in their dance earlier this month, the serving police officer said: ‘It’s finished off with somebody dressed as a police officer kneeling on somebody’s neck.
‘I thought now the other footage had been released and we could see that this drug crazed maniac wasn’t as innocent as everyone thought.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he deserved to die but let’s move on.’
Police officer and barbecue enthusiast Mark Gunn has apologised for caling George Floyd a ‘drug crazed maniac,’ on his Spotify podcast
Up to five episodes of the podcast, titled PC BBQ, have been deleted, as the officer of 10 years apologised ‘to anyone who was offended’
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Floyd, 46, passed away May 25 while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as he lost consciousness.
Floyd was pronounced dead by medical technicians who responded to the scene, and Chauvin was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.
The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Floyd experienced cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by the officer.
Their autopsy said Floyd had ‘other significant conditions’ including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, plus ‘fentanyl intoxication; [and] recent methamphetamine use.’
During a pretrial hearing on September 4, defense attorneys claimed the fentanyl likely caused his death.
Outside court, Floyd’s family disputed those claims, stating: ‘The only overdose that killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive force and racism by the Minneapolis Police Department.’
Gunn, an officer with South Wales Police for more than 10 years, posts his podcast rants on Spotify under the name PC BBQ because of his love of cooking outdoors.
Up to five episodes appear to have been removed from Spotify, with four episodes still available to listen to.
In the now-deleted episode, he also criticised the London-based dance troupe who caused a storm with their George Floyd routine in the first BGT semi-final.
Father-of-two Gunn said: ‘Diversity, they’re not angels. Look at Ashley Banjo during lockdown, flagrantly disregarding lockdown rules.’
Sources close to Ashley Banjo say he has never broken any lockdown rules.
An angry listener reported Gunn for his un-Pc comments broadcast from his three-bedroomed home in Pencoed, Bridgend.
South Wales Police confirmed Gunn has been referred to the force’s Professional Standards Department.
A spokesman said: ‘We are deeply disappointed by the views expressed in this podcast, they do not reflect the views of the force in any way.
‘South Wales Police, and our colleagues around the country, stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life.
‘We are working hard to become representative of the communities that we police and we are completely committed to understanding and responding to all forms of bias and discrimination.
‘We are absolutely determined that everyone should be confident in South Wales Police.’
Gunn, who has not been suspended, has now taken the offensive comments off Spotify but his earlier podcasts can still be downloaded.
They mention Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion and he also talks about his night shifts sorting out pub violence and working in the police CCTV camera room covering Cardiff city centre.
George Floyd died in June after a police officer placed their knee on his neck in Minneapolis, Mr Floyd was filmed repeatedly telling the officer ‘I can’t breathe’
Gunn, who is stationed in Barry, has not been suspended, but South Wales Police say they have referred him to its Professional Standards Department and the Independent Office for Police Conduct for investigation
PC Gunn said he will take ‘whatever punishment is given,’ to him, as an investigation into his comments continues
Pc Gunn said: ‘I am sorry to anyone who was offended – I’m accountable for what I say and I apologise.
‘I’m aware that I’ve been reported for what I said and I’ll take whatever punishment is given to me.’
The Police Federation of England and Wales said it ‘wouldn’t be appropriate to comment,’ amid the ongoing investigation.