Hurst Teen Did Not Enjoy Being Kneed in Head By Enraged Cop

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Andrew Rodriguez
You'll remember Andrew Rodriguez as the 17-year-old who learned the hard way what Hurst police officer Disraeli Arnold's knee feels like when it strikes the back of one's head.

The video of that encounter, and Arnold's expletive-laced threats ("Move and fucking' die."), went viral, embarrassing the Hurst Police Department and prompting Arnold's suspension.

Kelly Pope, Rodriguez' mother, had let her displeasure be known, but Rodriguez had been publicly silent until yesterday when he finally spoke to the media. Or, more accurately, he thanked the people of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter and issued a prepared statement.

In the statement, Rodriguez denies resisting arrest, saying he asked to call his mother but otherwise complied with the instructions of the officer who initially placed him under arrest.

After that I could hear someone running and then I felt a hit to my head and heard Officer Disraeli Arnold, badge Number 654 calling me vulgar and life threatening names. He threatened to "fuck me up" he threatened to "kill me" and he continued to threatened me several times using language unbecoming a police officer.

Rodriguez, who is being represented by activist Carlos Quintanilla, plans to plead not guilty and is requesting that the Tarrant County District Attorney and the U.S. attorney conduct an independent Investigation of possible civil rights violations.

He does, however, admit that he's not quite blameless.

"I recognized that I also used language that my mother would not approve of and apologize to my family and all those who have seen the video for my wrong use of words," he said. "I was scared, I was nervous and I feared for my safety at that time, starting at the moment that Officer Arnold assaulted me."

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CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

I bet Officer Arnold orders a liter of cola with his fast food lunch.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

It's great that Hurst has a gang intervention program; but why do they give the thugs badges and guns???

observist
observist topcommenter

It's boring when everyone agrees here.  So, in honor of Socrates, I'll say on the cop's behalf that yelling "move so I can kill you!" is probably an effective non-violent way of getting resisting suspects to stop resisting.  If he can give the impression that he's a bad cop willing to apply unlawful levels of violence, and the effect is that it reduces both the perp's will to resist and the cops need to apply violence, maybe it's a legitimately useful, albeit ugly, technique.   If we think back a couple months to the cop who chased and fought a guy three times and ended up shooting him, this is a far better outcome.  We don't really know if all that yelling was really an enraged cop out of control, or a bit of macho theater to get a punk to stop fighting.

It seems to me that cops DO NOT want to end up wrestling one-on-one with a perps while the perps friends are standing around watching - it's about as dangerous a situation as they can be in.  If the 2nd cop didn't know much about the situation when he arrived (i.e. that it was 17 year old kid who had already submitted)  he would have seen another officer in a very dangerous spot and responded in a way that subdued him and reduced his will to fight back.

Vndallas
Vndallas

Well, I've never been in any trouble with the law, but I admit...I hate cops.  I'm know there are good ones out there, but every cop, including some in my own family, are major doucebag jerks when I've met them out of uniform. It's as if they all have the same bad-ass attitude.  It makes me believe that the profession attracts (mostly) men  who are insecure about something in thier past, have sexuality issues, are short, or have little dicks.

WylieH
WylieH

Seems like there is blame on both sides here:

1)  Despite his protestations to the contrary, Rodriguez had clearly NOT complied with the original arresting officers commands.  If he had, he would have been in handcuffs, rather than engaged in a potentially dangerous wrestling match on the ground.

2)  Given the fact that the 1st officer was having difficulty getting Rodriguez to comply with his demands, it's possible that he requested back-up, which typically raises the adrenaline level quite a bit (since responding officers don't know what, exactly, is going on, but have to assume the worst).

3)  While this would explain Arnold's initial response (a knee in the back is an entirely appropriate response when a suspect is getting all squirrelly and refusing to allow himself to be handcuffed), it doesn't explain his subsequent thuggish behavior-- that's where the problem lies.

You can't allow potential suspects to establish their own conditions for allowing themselves to be handcuffed (no, you can't call mom first, have a smoke, take a swing at the officer or anyone else, etc.), otherwise you have chaos.  When suspects refuse to co-operate in being handcuffed, yeah, something physically bad is going to happen to them, that's how you get non co-operating suspects into custody (sweet talking, saying "pretty please" etc., waiting for them to finish more pressing criminal or non-criminal activity first, etc. has been proven ineffective).  Similarly, you can't have the police behaving like crazed thugs with badges (cursing, threatening perps, goading them, etc.).

Like I said, plenty of blame to go around.

DOCensors
DOCensors

I hope they both learn a lesson. But it's doubtful. The overly doting mother and media will tell him he's an angel.

DOCensors
DOCensors

Who cares what this little shit feels? Him and the cop are one and the same.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

The good news is that little authoritarians like this usually eventually expose their true nature because they just can't seem to help themselves.

The bad news is that they probably go through a whole lot of Andrews before they do so, and the department machinery usually defends them until it is just too egregious to ignore.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

Officer Arnold is not a police officer, he's what is commonly known as a "pig", he's a little man with a huge ego and a power trip, someone who needs to be dismissed from law enforcement and have his TX peace officers license suspended.  My father was a DPD officer, he showed restraint and respect even to the worst of the worst he dealt with day in/out in sunny south Dallas over his 35 year career. When you goad a suspect as Mr. Arnold has appeared to do, you lost credibility on all accounts.

MarkO
MarkO

Goaded the boy into resisting, did we watch the same video?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

What's disturbing is that the cop goaded the boy into resisting so that he could beat the crap out of him. 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

The kid has a helluva lot more class than Officer Steroid , who has a great future as as cop in a series of small towns before he finally finds his true calling as a bouncer.

CraigT42
CraigT42

@WylieH  

1.) The so called wresting match was over when Arnold (ironically a pig's name) arrived.  It is difficult to accurately describe the confrontation as dangerous when the primary officer has it enough under control to assist the subject with smoothing their clothing. 

2.) The original officer did call for back-up, but backup isn't code for kicking a kids ass. The original call is available online.  It was a calm routine request for back-up, not a cry for help.

3.) Being called in as back-up does not require or provide permission for police brutality.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@WylieH - in this case , the cop totally blew it and was stupid enough to do it on camera. He'll be fired for sure. Bets?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@DOCensors how are he and the cop one and the same, oh they aren't white, I forgot.  Dumbass

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@MarkO Cop Disraeli Arnold: "Move, so I can kick your ass!  Move, so I can kick your ass!  Move, so I can kick your ass!" 

Yeah, I'd say he was goading the boy.

MarkO
MarkO

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @MarkO No, the boy was already resisting, watch the video as the first cop is struggling with him. The second cop just puts an end to it. You can't resist arrest and then bitch about what happens to you as a result. Now the kid is a victim and he'll continue being a victim all the way to the big house.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

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CraigT42
CraigT42

@DOCensors

even if you were right, which you clearly aren't. The kid has been  more than slapped around a bit. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@MarkO based on your 2 comments on this story, you are not very bright are you?  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin Yippee!  That worked.  I had to reduce the view down so that those options showed.  Thanks, Scotty.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Click on the photo you want to use it should bring it up in a pop up, then at the bottom of that it say "set as profile pic"  Then it lets you size it and add

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin I did that.  But, all that happened was the photo was saved.  I couldn't drag it to my current photo or find any other way to change it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz follow directions, by the large comment box right under the story there is your name.  Hover over it and click Edit Profile.  You will be taken to a page where you can click either Upload or Change Photo.  Its easy.  I did it!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Big Kitty has slimmed down.  But, for some reason I can't change my avatar.  [Myrna sniffles and begins to weep...]

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