Out of control officer warns teens not to “blink wrong”
Nov 26, 2012
A disturbing video of an arrest that took place in Hurst, Texas shows a deranged police officer sprinting into a park and thrusting a knee into the back of a teenager’s head, then screaming “move and die” repeatedly, before identifying himself on camera.
The video commences with the kid being held on the ground by another officer as he states “you just won’t leave me alone and let me call my mom.”
The officer calls for back up claiming that the kid is resisting arrest, then puts him in a headlock, and says “this is not going to work out for you buddy.”
As the kid complains that he can’t breathe, the officer appears to have the situation under control, and convinces the kid to lay face down and put his hands behind his back.
Then another officer comes tearing in from out of shot and throws his knee into the kid’s head.
“MOVE AND DIE. MOVE AND F***ING DIE. YOU GONNA MOVE AGAIN? F***ING MOVE AGAIN. F***ING MOVE AGAIN.” the cop yells, before also yelling at the person videoing the incident.
“MOVE SO I CAN KICK YOUR ASS. MOVE SO I CAN F*** YOU UP… Give me a reason to f*** you up” the officer states.
“When the police are talking to you, you be quiet and shut up.” the cop yells while slapping the kid on the back of the head.
The cop then admits that he “sure did” knee the kid in the back of the head before marching up to the camera and yelling his name and badge number.
“YOU GOT IT ON TAPE? ARNOLD 654.”
The officer then yells “blink wrong”, repeatedly as he escorts the kid to the patrol car.
Watch the video:
In response to the video and multiple comments posted to its Facebook page, The Hurst Police Department posted the following statement on Saturday:
REGARDING THE VIDEO – Obviously, this is not behavior that the City of Hurst and the Hurst Police Department promotes or condones in any way. We strive to build a stronger, safer community through our work around the city and will continue to do so through appropriate action. The incident is being investigated internally.
Local news reports on the incident identified the kid as seventeen year old Andrew Rodriguez, who was charged with resisting arrest and spent three days in jail.
The officer has been identified as Disraeli Arnold, a 4-year-veteran of the department. He has been placed on administrative leave.
KTVT news states that the incident took place in Bellaire Park. The cops approached the kids and then ran a check on Rodriguez, which revealed he had an outstanding warrant for trespassing, which his mother, Kelly Pope, maintains is now four years old.
“I was mad, I was hurt,” Pope told WFAA News after learning of the incident involving officer Arnold. “This is supposed to be somebody to protect the city and our children.”
“He needs to be reprimanded. He needs to be fired,” she said. “I’m sure this ain’t the first time this has happened.” Pope said, adding that she may seek legal action.
Hundreds of comments have been posted on the department’s Facebook page.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for HPD, but that respect is lessened after having watched this video.” writes one local resident.
“The professional, courteous and respectful HPD officers who are my neighbors shouldn’t be lumped in with Arnold, 654, who believes he has the right to murder civilians who ‘blink wrong.'” the poster writes.
While many have called for Arnold to be punished, some are shockingly supportive of the officer’s actions. One retired cop even denies the blatantly obvious flying knee to the head that can be seen in the video:
“…the kid was resisting arrest! the 2nd officer came running up to assist his colleague, but in no way kneed or kicked that kid! all he did was being very verbal! All they can do is reprimand him on his verbal, but that’s it!! As a retired special constable I’m definitely against his dismissal! I’ve dealt with ‘kids’ like that and they are defiinitely (sic) no ‘little angels’!”
As we continue to document, these kind of incidents are happening everyday. The only way to effectively combat the thuggish excessive behaviour of these so called public servants is to exercise the First Amendment right to film their actions and expose them to the world.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.