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Video: Texas Officer Fired for Berating Teen

January 04, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Texas Cop Curses at Teen

The Hurst (Texas) Police officer who was videotaped in November cursing and threatening a teen during an arrest has been fired, police officials said Thursday.

Officer Disraeli Arnold, a four-year veteran of the department, was "indefinitely suspended" after an internal investigation of the Nov. 20 arrest of 17-year-old Andrew Rodriguez, according to a news release.

Assistant Police Chief Steve Niekamp said in an interview that "indefinitely suspended" is a Civil Service term that means, "basically, you're fired."

Police officials concluded that Arnold was "disrespectful to a citizen, used indecent, profane and harsh language" and "conducted himself in a manner which brought discredit to himself and Hurst Police Department," according to the news release.

Read the full Star-Telegram story.

Comments (7)

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FearNot @ 1/4/2013 8:35 PM

Political Correctness + no discipline at home + no discipline at school + police officers MADE to handle everyone with child gloves (even those that would like to see us dead) + prisons with comforts better than home + unreasonable lawsuits being won in courts across the US= criminals with no fear.
The United States is headed in the wrong direction. If all of the above factors continue and LEO'S ability to do our job continues to be scrutinized by the liberal minority, this great county is doomed (yes, sometimes us horrible LEO'S, that risk our lives to keep you safe, actually say bad words after having to fight some POS). Does anyone else want to deal with this poor little 17 year old? NO!!!! LEO'S have to. No one wants to think about this undisciplined punk until he is standing in their living room with a gun to your child's head. This punk was willing to fight an LEO because he knew our hands are tied. This 17 yo had a warrant, it is our job to arrest. If you fight with the LEO then all is fair and you should get your @ss handed to you. But nooooooo, the LEO gets fired, and the criminal wins.... No fear, criminal wins. Oh, and I'm sure this poor child's virgin ears fell off after hearing these words that he had never heard before....

[email protected] @ 1/5/2013 7:17 PM

FearNot: Amen, Brother.

[email protected] retured @ 1/7/2013 6:28 PM

I wonder what the "poor" 17 year old did that provoked the officer. Guess that doesn't matter. The press release makes it sound bad. What is the whole story?

Thomas @ 1/7/2013 8:10 PM

Yeah, so. The punk kid should have been thumped a few times by the officer.

Cam @ 1/8/2013 12:38 AM

Just think, someday their generation, will be taking care of business when we are retired! Juvies are SO apathetic, that nothing gets through to them. You know when I grew up, a little fear went a long way when making my choices, as I KNEW there would be consequences if I made a poor choice. Parents also need to realize it is THEIR HOUSE, THEIR BEDROOM, and if something is in there that should not, oh boy. Kids do not need parents for friends, they need parents, rewards/and discipline, consistency, and stability at home. It is also NOT the schools who should be teaching morals and values, no
that is supposed to be done at HOME. That is my two cents worth, thanks for letting me get it out ;);). ~~~Cam

OhReally? @ 1/8/2013 8:57 AM

Regardless if the 17 year old had a warrant, this officer was not professional. He knew he was being recorded, and was acting all superior for the camera. I dont think he should have been suspended indefinitely, that is just too harsh, and not fair.

soulsabr @ 1/11/2013 10:41 PM

Lets see. To serve and protect. The officer is supposed to be a professional. It doesn't matter if the kid did anything, said anything, or what not off camera. Once he was in custody there are rules for how he is to be treated. This officer CLEARLY broke those rules by acting like a child himself. We don't need cops like that on the street because it gives good cops a bad name. You may be OK with his type making your job more difficult but I'd be ashamed. His suspension followed by his firing was the absolute correct thing to do. The next thing that needs to happen is that the kid needs to press charges and file a lawsuit for the assault and the death threats. Those are both against the law here in Hurst and cops are NOT above the law.

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