January 4, 2013
The Hurst, Texas police officer that was caught on film physically and verbally assaulting a 17-year-old boy has been fired, according to NBC-DFW.
“Hurst police officer Disraeli Arnold has been fired after being recorded on video threatening a teen and using profane language,” NBCDFW.com states.
Watch the video (Warning! Strong language):
Officer Arnold, a four-year police force veteran who was deemed “embarrassing” by his police department after footage of the incident surfaced, was filmed in November arriving to “assist” his colleague who, at the time, was struggling to detain a lively 17-year-old Andrew Rodriguez.
“On Thursday, Hurst police said Arnold was ‘indefinitely suspended for violations of Hurst Police Department General Orders and Civil Service rules relating to his actions on Nov. 20, 2012′ and ‘an internal affairs investigation was conducted for violations … to include the unnecessary use of force, being disrespectful to a citizen, and the use of indecent, profane, or harsh language in the performance of official duties,’” reported NBC. “Arnold has 10 days to appeal the termination.”
In the video, Arnold can be seen running up to his fellow officer and landing a knee to Rodriguez’s head.
Arnold proceeded to verbally lash out at Rodriguez, yelling, “MOVE AND DIE. MOVE AND F***ING DIE. YOU GONNA MOVE AGAIN? F***ING MOVE AGAIN. F***ING MOVE AGAIN.”
The frothing officer then turned to the person filming and threatened him as well, saying, “You too, you f***ing move if you want to.”
As officers stood Rodriguez up and began walking him to a patrol car, Arnold unbelievably admits to kneeing Rodriguez in the head as he walks up to the person filming and asks, “You got it on tape?” before proudly proclaiming his name and badge number.
After Rodriguez’s mother, Kelly Pope, filed a complaint with the police department, corroborated by the shocking video evidence, Arnold was placed on administrative leave and an internal affairs probe was conducted. “This is supposed to be somebody to protect the city and our children,” Pope told WFAA News.
Although Rodriguez will still face charges for resisting arrest, this should be seen as a victory for We the People, and should also be viewed as a warning to bully cops who believe they can abuse their positions of power and get away with it.
As we have exhaustively highlighted, no matter how much they may bow up to you, filming police is a lawful act that has been upheld by a First Court of Appeals ruling as well as a recent Supreme Court decision. So remember to keep your cell phone charged at all times.