Hurst Police Officer Won't Face Criminal Charges Over "Move and Fuckin' Die" Incident

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Back in November, Hurst 17-year-old Andrew Rodriguez was being arrested by Officer M. Jimenez on an outstanding trespassing warrant. Rodriguez was lying on the ground with his hands behind his back when another officer, Disraeli Arnold, decided to assist with the arrest. Arnold did that by taking a flying leap at the teen, kneeing him in the back of the head, and screaming, "Move and fuckin' die!", as well as "Move so I can fuck you up!"

"You kneed me in the face," Rodriguez yells at one point.

"I sure did," Arnold replies. He then approaches the camera man and screams his name and badge number directly into the lens before walking away.

The entire incident was videotaped by a friend of Rodriguez's and quickly went viral -- to date, it's garnered nearly 190,000 views on Youtube. Arnold was placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, Rodriguez and his mother, Kelly Pope, enlisted the help of community activist Carlos Quintanilla to request that the Tarrant County district attorney and the U.S. attorney's office for North Texas investigate Arnold for excessive force and civil rights violations. (In the same statement, Rodriguez also apologized for using "language that my mother would not approve of." At one point, he referred to both officers as "faggots.")

Now, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Officer Arnold will not be charged with a crime.

"After reviewing the video, we advised the police department that it did not appear that a crime had occurred," Melody McDonald, a spokesperson for the Tarrant County DA's office, told the paper.

Arnold is still on administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation. It's unclear whether that leave is paid or unpaid, and what possible violations of department policy Internal Affairs is investigating. We've left messages for Hurst PD and Rodriguez's mother and will update if we hear back.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez is still being charged with resisting arrest. His court date is set for January 7.


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ortizobed
ortizobed

It is true officers CAN do this without fear of litigation but it doesn't mean they SHOULD do it. Abusive practices like these just inflame citizens and cause the loss of respect for law enforcement. It is detrimental to police departments everywhere. Even though the police department doesn't have to fire him, they should so people don't think Hurst police are incompetent, aggressive jerks. Why would the Hurst Police Department employ a liability like Arnold? 

vralias-fb
vralias-fb


The officer indeed has the freedom of speech and can say to anyone pretty much whatever he wants, however rude or even intimidating. His language might have violated department's policies, but it's not a crime. Police may lie, can threaten with non-existing crimes ("if you don't (...), we will arrest you" - if they could, they would have already), can make fake promises ("confess in this crime and we will forgive you"), it's all part of the game, and everybody has to be prepared to not accept a word from them, neither good or bad one, at their face value. Often, the agitated and intimidating posture of the officer is just a performance in order to achieve upper hand in the encounter. If their victim believes that the next moment he will be hit, and because of that he complies with something he does not have to (such as talking without the lawyer present), then the goal is achieved. It does sound unjust, but it's the way it is.

Same as the citizen can say anything to the officer. There was nothing preventing the videographer and the arrested replying back in not as polite and respectful tones as they did.

orph1969
orph1969

Great to know kneeing someone in the face and threatening to kill them is not illegal.  Here's hoping Disraeli Arnold or his family receives this perfectly legal treatment, themselves, soon.

Sauce for the goose, and all that...

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

I'm as critical of police abuses as anyone; this blowhard didn't bother me.  Words don't offend me like punching and kicking a man in restraints does.  I don't understand this convoluted Miss Manners world we live in where words are treated as more offensive than physical oppression.

LanceMRinker
LanceMRinker

@Dallas_Observer Of course not. That would mean the Hurst Police Department made a mistake in hiring him.

KJMidday
KJMidday

@Dallas_Observer did ya'll REALLY cuss on this post?! LOL~ WOW!

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Remember this the next time you are on jury duty when the cop comes up to testify.  If HE had done it, he wouldn't be there.

And at some point, he's done it.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

This is why one doesn't go to the suburbs.

Dallas police are too busy with real crime for this bullshit.

vralias-fb
vralias-fb

@ortizobed - because every officer is very heavily protected by his police union, and if he is fired, it's practically guaranteed that after 1-2 year of litigation (paid by taxpayer dollars), he will be reinstated and paid not only his full salary for these two years, but even the overpay we would have earned.

Google 

police officer reinstanted arbitration

and you'll see what I mean.

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