Watch a Hurst Cop Deliver a Flying Knee to 17-Year-Old's Head

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It's not clear why a Hurst police officer was arresting the 17-year-old shown in the above video, or how much the he was resisting. What is clear is that the he didn't pose much of a threat when a second cop -- who IDs himself as Officer Arnold -- sprinted in and delivered a flying knee to the back of the teen's head, adding "Move and fuckin' die."

The video was posted Friday to World Star Hip Hop, then picked up on Reddit then, last night, by local news stations.

The teen, Andrew Rodriguez, was charged with resisting arrest and spent three days in jail. His mother, Kelly Pope, was pissed.

"I was mad, I was hurt," Pope told WFAA. "This is supposed to be somebody to protect the city and our children."

She's scheduled to meet with Hurst's police chief this morning. Meanwhile, the police department's only response to the video so far has been a brief post on its Facebook page.

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.

Update at 7:53 a.m. KTVT gives a fuller account of the incident. Rodriguez was with two friends at Bellaire Park when they were spotted by police, who thought they looked suspicious.

A check found that Rodriguez had a warrant -- his mother said it was for truancy in the eighth grade -- and the first officer moved in to make an arrest. Rodriguez initially tried to brush him off, prompting a minor struggle. That's when Rodriguez' friend, 17-year-old Jordan Rojas, began recording.

Update at 1:41 p.m.: Hurst PD posted an update on their Facebook page a while ago announcing the suspension of Officer Disraeli Arnold pending an internal affairs investigation.

UPDATE REGARDING THE VIDEO OF OFFICER DISRAELI ARNOLD - As we stated previously, this is not behavior that the City of Hurst and the Hurst Police Department promotes or condones. Officer Arnold has been placed on administrative leave pending an ongoing internal affairs investigation.

At this point we cannot comment on the status of the investigation from either a civil or criminal standpoint due to legal, civil service, and internal procedural regulations. We are cooperating with the media within the scope of those regulations and any information we can release will be made public through those outlets. We appreciate everyone's thoughts and continued civil discourse as the investigation is conducted.

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GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Those who support the police officer would probably feel different if it was their kid. Those on the Right have a hard time looking at the big picture........because it hurts their brain.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

I've been critical of the police in these situations.  Here, I think the officer is most guilty of using untoward language.  I understand that a force may not want someone like this working for them; but I don't think we was that awful here.  I think he was needlessly excessive, but not terribly so. 

ryanconnell
ryanconnell

That cop should be nailed down and then shot in the face after a crowd of angry people spit on him. Cops are pussies who are afraid of cameras because they think they are gods. Well, keep pissing off the people and they WILL revolt. I hope the day is soon where cops aren't so protected and ACTUALLY SERVE THE PEOPLE, NOT TERRORIZE THEM. Fuck that stupid pig. Absolutely no reason for this kind of force.

abuehler
abuehler

Fire the POS criminal cop!!! Charge him with felony crimes!!!!

EffEm
EffEm

Cause they'll slam ya down to the street top.

Black police showing out for the white cop.

FEDUP
FEDUP

The MONKEY is loose again, another LEROY with a badge thinking he's above the law!!

Come to my house you shit for brains and try that on me, IF YOU GOT THE GUTS TO STAND UP TO A REAL MAN. Oh by the way, Never under estimate the benefit to others; when you consider suicide! It would be a better world WITHOUT MORONS like you Disraeli Arnold.

barryguitar
barryguitar

“Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer’s life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529. The Court stated: “Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed.”

“An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. lf the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter.” Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621.

“When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified.” Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1.

“These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence.” Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.

“An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery.” (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).

“Each person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest. In such a case, the person attempting the arrest stands in the position of a wrongdoer and may be resisted by the use of force, as in self- defense.” (State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2d 100).

“One may come to the aid of another being unlawfully arrested, just as he may where one is being assaulted, molested, raped or kidnapped. Thus it is not an offense to liberate one from the unlawful custody of an officer, even though he may have submitted to such custody, without resistance.” (Adams v. State, 121 Ga. 16, 48 S.E. 910).

“Story affirmed the right of self-defense by persons held illegally. In his own writings, he had admitted that ‘a situation could arise in which the checks-and-balances principle ceased to work and the various branches of government concurred in a gross usurpation.’ There would be no usual remedy by changing the law or passing an amendment to the Constitution, should the oppressed party be a minority. Story concluded, ‘If there be any remedy at all … it is a remedy never provided for by human institutions.’ That was the ‘ultimate right of all human beings in extreme cases to resist oppression, and to apply force against ruinous injustice.’” (From Mutiny on the Amistad by Howard Jones, Oxford University Press, 1987, an account of the reading of the decision in the case by Justice Joseph Story of the Supreme Court.

As for grounds for arrest: “The carrying of arms in a quiet, peaceable, and orderly manner, concealed on or about the person, is not a breach of the peace. Nor does such an act of itself, lead to a breach of the peace.” (Wharton’s Criminal and Civil Procedure, 12th Ed., Vol.2: Judy v. Lashley, 5 W. Va. 628, 41 S.E. 197)

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I love the fact that the police essentially live in a fishbowl with the advent of cell phone cameras. I know it pisses them off, as evidenced by Officer Friendly's reaction to the videographer, here, but extra scrutiny of our LEO's can only be a good thing in the long run.

 

I personally think that every officer should be wired for video and audio every minute that they are on duty in addition to the dash-cams that are in many police vehicles, not only to ensure that *they* are dealing properly and fairly with the public, but to back them up in cases where unruly suspects really are causing them difficulty.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

But, But, if you punish cops for excessive force, official oppression, selective enforcement,  'justifiable' homicides, then you take away all the incentive for that element of society to become cops.  then whom do we get? 

Maybe professionals for a change,

CJ Dylan
CJ Dylan

The delinquent will live I'm certain. Put a band-aid on it, honey. You COULD have been arrested by Syrian police. I hear that sux big time.

DOCensors
DOCensors

17 years old. Should be graduating high school not slumming it in 8th grade. Send him to work camp or the ovens. 

DOCensors
DOCensors

Which side will Myrna choose in this epic battle of homophobic diversity?

BackpageMama
BackpageMama

That ghetto as fuck cop is just  a thug with a badge.   Unlike the first officer, the black guy has zero respect for the community he works in.  I bet he's in the pocket of some drug dealers and had a crack rock just before arriving at the scene.

jessicadpaxton
jessicadpaxton

First they came for our innocent dogs... now they come for our children.  Who knows... maybe the 2nd officer felt "threatened"  or perhaps - just perhaps - he is a power-hungry egomaniac with a gun and a department that will blindly support brutality... Because cops are here to Protect and Serve... right??  More like Pound and Shoot.... disgusting.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

Fact is, a cop can tell you to STFU, and you can in turn tell him to kiss my ass If he physically retaliates for you talking back, he's in trouble.

sumrlovn
sumrlovn

I think its an open and shut case. Officer identified himself, and obviously used excessive force on a minor that was clearly restrained. I would sue the PANTS OFF this sorry excuse for a police department one, for excessive force, but a good lawyer would go for child abuse as well. Then, I would sue the police department itself for negligence and trying to cover up a crime. Jold EVERYONE RESPONSIBLE. These yahoos work FOR us, not the other way around. Finally, organize. I WILL help. Organize a formal peaceful protest to bring this case and issue to the public light. Its i the communities right to know about this and STOP IT NOW

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

If it were my kid, he'd get punished, then I would get the cop fired and kick his hothead ass,

Aaron Dietrich
Aaron Dietrich

The kid got what he needed, no sympathy from me. I bet he will listen next time when Johnny Law Speaks. I'm glad it wasnt a White cop, I'm tired of the race card being played. Good for the black cop a well placed drop kick.

HankHill
HankHill

If it was my kid mouthing off to a cop like that I would take him down to the local induction center and ship him off to boot camp pronto.

David Horning
David Horning

So this punk kid had a warrant and resisted when expected to be responsible for it? Why didn't he (or Mommy) take care of this legal responsibility when it happened? No respect for the law when the warranted offense occurred, no respect for the law when the offense went into warrant, no respect for the law when exhibiting behavior that required police intervention, and no respect for the police when being arrested for an outstanding warrant. With all the possibilities that can occur to police when making an arrest, I sympathize with the officers. The kid brought it on himself. Behavior has consequences. It's just too bad this kid did not receive enough discipline from his parents to enable him to acquire the self-discipline necessary to function in society in a respectful law-abiding manner.

CJ Dylan
CJ Dylan

Actually, you don't see it in the video. Derp.

Alex Moose Perez
Alex Moose Perez

I hope that idiot cop gets what he deserves. If not, he can come see me and I'll show him what that feels like. Punk!

BenS.
BenS.

You do NOT have the right to fight a cop. This gangster mentality of fighting officers as an equal is what got that drug dealer in Dixon Branch killed this summer. Seems as though "the community" feels that fighting police officers in some kind of gladiator style wrestle combat is perfectly fine and an accepted practice. That must change.

 

The Hurst punk could have gotten loose and had a knife in his socks, stabbed the officer and he would have been shot too. Obey the police and this will not happen. What grounds do you think it's ok to fight a cop or curse at them like they are one of your homeboys? This isn't a rap video and your mouth or fists will get you whatever is coming.  The police did not escalate this...the punk kid did.

 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@scottindallas - he was only mildly unprofessional, the kid's skull wasn't even crushed.

abuehler
abuehler

 @spyderdemonjuggalo You're an idiot. The cops in this video broke the law. You have nothing against criminal cops? Only the little people need to obey? Pussies are those that knee kids in the back of the head. Those that need badges to feel tough.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@CJ Dylan even worse to be a Syrian Christian, and to be assaulted by US supported terrorists in Syria, mercenaries from Libya on the CIA payroll. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @DOCensors Myrna the cat likely died from a tryptophan overdose, or ate so much that when she rolled over, she got stuck on her back

veaseylover
veaseylover

 @albert.finney000

 This should be the truth, sadly, it is not so anymore. They will beat you. It is best to be quiet of be ready to fight for your life

jessicadpaxton
jessicadpaxton

 @HankHill Sounds like a cop to me... If it were YOUR kid... then you should be the one to deal with him...

veaseylover
veaseylover

 @BenS.

 You sound like a pig. You do not have to obey a cop, we are adults not children. The cops are the ones with the problem, there was no excuse for this at all. Wait til you are tased for no reason, kicked in the head, raped by officer friendly. Sing that song then.

 

Daniel
Daniel

 @BenS. True, we don't have the right to fight cops (and really, only an idiot would try), but short, small-penised, uneducated hicks with unresolved power issues have the right to BECOME cops.

 

You wouldn't happen to be one of those small-government conservatives, would you? I've noticed how quick they usually are to side with authority figures, and I find it odd.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @BenS. you are right, you dont have the right to fight a cop, but the 2nd cop doesnt have a right to deliver a flying knee to the head of a restrained arrestee.  where in your mind did it become ok for a defenseless person to be abused physically and verbally by the cops.  

CraigT42
CraigT42

 @BenS. BS.  That kid was calm and complying with the original officer before the 2nd cop ever arrived.  Officer testosterone then proceeded to assault and threaten a compliant child, going so far as to get in the face of the 2nd teenager.

Two "criminal" teenagers acted with far more dignity and respect than this so called peace officer. Strip this bullying coward of his gun and badge ASAP.

unclescrappy
unclescrappy

 @BenS.

 WRONG !!!  The 1st officer had the situation under control. Yes, the kid did resist some. But the 1st officer had it under control. The whole issue is the 2nd HPD PUNK officer that was having a testorone high & wants to play Rambo. If he had come up and hadnt decided to start cussing, kneeing, threatining and everything else. This would have been a good police encounter.

 

This HPD Punk has no business being a LEO anythwere in this country. Maybe in China where they condone civil rights violations & police brutality. BUT NOT HERE.

 

FEDUP
FEDUP

@spyderdemonjuggalo @FEDUP You obviously do not know me junior. It's after dark time for you to go back home to monkey cage at the zoo!

CraigT42
CraigT42

@spyderdemonjuggalo

Judging by your choice of language and your obvious eloquence I suspect that you may indeed be (soon to be former) Officer Arnold 

HankHill
HankHill

 @Daniel  @BenS. While we're engaging in inane generalizations, I find it unfortunate that you are siding with a parent that obviously received notice that her kid was under warrant and irresponsibly shrugged it off until her kid became an internet 'celebrity victim' and now she's angry and hurt because her lawless kid tangled with a lawless cop.

tfuller777913
tfuller777913

 @ScottsMerkin  @BenS. if a cop is treating me like that i will fight him.he crossed the line.in fact id feel threatened,there is no telling how my defense mechanisms would react. what if the "suspect" had a chl? this would escalate even faster and the suspect would walk in court due to this video

BenS.
BenS.

 @CraigT42  @BenS. 

Maybe if some of these turds hung out at the playgrounds your kids played at, you would have a better understanding.

 

The kid was so under control that he was able to to reach back and pull his own shirt down at one point. That ain't control. That's what gets cops killed. It's a good thing for Officer #1 that Little Johnny was only worried about showing his ass rather than reaching for a gun. It was 'under control' when Officer #2 made it so.

 

It's almost as if you are treating this as some poor showing of customer service, like these teens were complaining about cold french fries at McDonalds. Those teens were up to no good.

 

ryanconnell
ryanconnell

Juggalo huh? Another twat that's proud of his blatant ignorance.

Daniel
Daniel

 @HankHill  @BenS. All right, fair enough, Hank. For the record, I think the mother is contemptibly irresponsible. And the kid is probably a punk, but he was subdued at the time the assault occurred. Hey, we've been in two wars for many years now, why the hell didn't Officer Badass go to Afghanistan? A little easier to kick ass on unarmed teenagers loafing in the park, is it? What a fuckin' hero. His folks back in Longview must be very, very proud. 

lionskitty
lionskitty

@ScottsMerkin @DOCensors @IsThisCountryFree @BenS. @CraigT42 @lionskitty "his mother said it was for truancy in the eighth grade -- and the first officer moved in to make an arrest."  That is a direct quote from the article.  Doesn't really say when he was in the eighth grade, but I was assuming it was an old warrant. judging from his given age. Don't shoot me, I'm on your side.

CraigT42
CraigT42

 @DOCensors    your reading comprehension is as bad as BenS' vision.  The warrant was several years old and from when he was in the 8th grade.  So nice try at twisting what this is really about. 

lionskitty
lionskitty

 @BenS.  @CraigT42 A warrant for truancy in 8th grade equals "up to no good" and deserves a good kick to the head of a restrained minor??   Were all of the threats and the I am God attitude necessary too?   Wow, you're scary.

DOCensors
DOCensors

 @IsThisCountryFree  @BenS.  @CraigT42 Why is a 17  year old in 8th grade? Maybe because he's got the pea sized brain and intellect to call a cop a faggot while resisting arrest. Remove him from the gene pool posthaste 

CraigT42
CraigT42

 @BenS.  You are so full of manure that I can smell it through the internet.  I played football in Dallas in the 80's.  Any coach who told me to blink wrong so he could F##k me up, would have been unemployed in 2 days. I also never had a coach drop his knee on my head, much less from a running start. Oh and another are where yo are factually wrong/completely ignorant is that the teen resisted arrest.  He resisted being told to hang up his phone so the cop could talk to him.  he was not placed under arrest until after the jackbooted thug started working through his penile inadequacy issues.

BenS.
BenS.

 @tfuller777913  @BenS.  @CraigT42 

 

Really? I have seen high school coaches deliver harsher tongue lashings to students...and more physical beatings to boot. In the 80's in DISD, behavior like that would be a one way ticket to a severe paddling in the assistant principal/coaches office. But this is not about teacher/student, scoutmaster/cub scout, day car worker/latch key child. No. This is about bad teens resisting arrest. That kid spent Thanksgiving in jail for what he did. With only a $200 bond, someone did not want him coming home for turkey.

 

I have seen Ron Washington deliver a better set of angry rants on umpires at home plate than what that police officer gave that suspect.

IsThisCountryFree
IsThisCountryFree

 @BenS.  @CraigT42 WTF has anybody shown that these kids were "up to" besides being Mexican and "looking suspicous?"  A truancy warrant from 8th grade?   There was no grounds to detain either of them because they had done *nothing* wrong.  

tfuller777913
tfuller777913

 @BenS.  @CraigT42 how can you really call that customer service.maybe you should step in the MINOR's shoes then get back to me and see if you still feel that way.no doubt there was grounds for arrest but if a cop talks to me like arnold did id make a citizens arrest.i pay his damn salary and i understand you got a job to do but this isnt martial law yet .you have your own set of laws to abide by and are suppose to be someone we can trust and count on not be terrified of

CraigT42
CraigT42

 @BenS. the officer pulled his shirt down, not the kid. rewatch the video.   These teens were hanging out in a park and "looked suspiscous" that is not being up to no good.  Up to no good is when you have your buddy hold someone down while you leap in and drop your knee on his head.

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