Hurst officer won't be charged in videotaped incident

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A police officer won’t face criminal charges in an incident in which he was videotaped cursing at a teenager during an arrest in a city park, authorities said Friday.

Officer Disraeli Arnold remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Assistant Police Chief Steve Niekamp said Friday evening.

Andrew Rodriguez, 17, filed a complaint against Arnold after the officer jumped in Nov. 20 while another officer was arresting Rodriguez. Rodriguez said Arnold hit him on the head and called him “vulgar and life-threatening names.” A friend of Rodriguez recorded the incident on his cellphone.

The department consulted with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office to determine if the incident could be considered an assault or terroristic threat.

“The Hurst Police Department did not formally submit a case to our office but did consult with us,” said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the DA’s office. “After reviewing the video, we advised the Police Department that it did not appear that a crime had occurred.”

The internal investigation is looking at possible violations of “our general orders manual which, basically, is our policies.” That investigation could wrap up by the end of next week, Niekamp said.

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