Video shows Hurst police officer berating teen

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HURST - A Hurst police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video was posted on the Internet showing the officer being verbally - and possibly physically - abusive during a teenager's arrest.

Patrol officer Disraeli Arnold has been with the Hurst Police Department for four years. He met with Police Chief Steve Moore Monday and was informed he was placed on administrative leave, said Assistant Police Chief Steve Niekamp during a news conference Monday morning at Hurst City Hall.

"We just want everyone to know we do not condone this behavior and we have started our internal affairs investigation," Niekamp said.

Niekamp said he was troubled by some of what he saw.

"When something like this happens, you can't help but be embarrassed not only for the officers in our department but anybody in the law enforcement profession," Niekamp said.

Niekamp said the department does not approve of using foul language or acting unprofessionally during an arrest. He said they want officers to remain calm.

Niekamp said, however, that the arrest was justified and that other patrol officer, M. Jimenez has not been placed on leave.

The incident occurred Tuesday about 3:30 p.m. at 399 Tanglewood Drive in the parking the lot of Bellaire Park in Hurst.

It began when Jimenez saw some teenagers standing in the parking lot. Niekamp said one of the teens yelled something at Jimenez and he went over to talk to them. After they gave their names, the officer ran background checks and found that Andrew Rodriguez, 17, had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

As Jimenez tried to arrest Rodriguez, the latter kept walking away and eventually shoved the officer. That was when Jimenez took Rodriguez to the ground. Niekamp said the video started after the shove.

A Hurst police dispatcher, Kasha Sterling, was on a ride-along with Jimenez and radioed for backup, Niekamp said.

In the video, the officer struggles to take Rodriguez into custody. At one point, Rodriguez tells the officer he can't breathe.

Officer Arnold comes running into the park and hits Rodriguez with his knee and begins yelling, "Move and die! Move and (expletive) die! (Expletive) move again!"

He is later heard saying: "Sit down and shut the (expletive) up! Don't say nothing else!"

Later, Arnold is heard saying: "Move so I can kick your (expletive)! Move so I can (expletive) you up! Shut up! Move! Stupid (expletive). When the police are talking to you, you sit down and down up! This ain't no game!"

Rodriguez's friend, Jordan Rojas, who taped the incident on his cellphone, told Channel 11 he was stunned by the officer's behavior

"I saw him dive on him and land his knee on the back of his neck and on the video you see Andrew's head bop against the floor," Rojas told the TV station. "It kind of shocked me."

Rojas was arrested for being a minor in possession of tobacco and also have drug paraphernalia. In addition to the outstanding warrant, Rodriguez was charged with resisting arrest.

Rodriguez's mother, Kelly Pope, told KDFW Channel 4 that she had no problem with Officer Jimenez's actions but believes Arnold needs to be fired.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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