Texas Cop Takes Pride in Kneeing Teen in Head on Video


To this cop’s credit, he didn’t have a problem being video recorded.

In fact, he took pride in it, sticking his face in the camera and spouting his name and badge number to ensure the citizen had captured him ramming his knee into the head of a 17-year-old boy who was already under control by another officer.

“You got it on tape? Arnold! 654!”

But if he acts this way on camera, you can only imagine how he acts off camera.

“Blink wrong,” he kept telling the teen in custody.

Meanwhile, the other more passive cop walked over to the citizen with the camera and told him to put it down.

The incident took place somewhere in Texas.


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Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • JdL

    Cops, the scum of the earth.

    • Difdi

      You’re overreacting. Cops aren’t automatically scum. Oathbreakers are.

      • cygnusx3

        But there are so many of them, dude.

      • Nemo

        And any cop who sees another cop break the law, and does nothing about it is automatically an oath breaker, yes?

        • Difdi

          Yes. There aren’t bad cops and good cops. There’s bad cops and cops who aren’t bad yet. You can spot the cops who hit that point and choose to be good cops. They get kicked off the force for having temperaments unsuited to being police officers.

  • Boomer

    I can’t even remotely understand Arnold’s actions. The first officer had it damn near completely diffused until Arnold showed up and escalated it beyond belief. This office should be stripped of his gun, badge, and any responsibility of any kind. Criminal charges are best thought over by the justice department, but my God this officer is a ticking bomb. One day, a guy like this is going to flip out like Derek Colling.

    Who did the psych screen on him I wonder? Any idea where this took place?

  • Hamlet

    Nothing like witnessing firsthand the effects of steroids on brain dead thugs with guns and badges.
    Bone chilling.

  • screwyoupigs

    anyone know the full name of this piece of shit so called cop…..FREAKING PIG….take a baseball bat to that stupid cops head….damn, I would have loved it of that had happened to me bc Id be a rich mf-er….take that poigs gun away and his ass would have been beaten to a pulp

    • Fotaugrafee


      Were you going to do it yourself, or were you going to get a “posse” together to accomplish this?

      Anyone who threatens physical violence through means of power in numbers is just as big a pussy as the guy walking around with a gun. Learn to fight for YOURSELF, and stop being another keyboard warrior or wanna-be ghetto thug. Because your “baseball bat” mentality is exactly what I think of when the scenario of some ‘gang’ violates my rights. I want to break every one of their kneecaps.

  • steveo

    supervisor needs to get this guy in for mandatory drug testing

  • Trey

    I have no problem with what this officer did. Fighting with the cops should be treated with violent contempt. The cop then completely respected the Constitutional rights of the video recorder.

    • mrbadhabit

      police are bound by the same laws as everyone else. they are NOT Above it. what this cop did was aggravated Assault on an unarmed man who Was clearly compliant at the time that he ran up and kneed him in the head, and then proceeded to directly threaten this person with bodily harm.. those are FELONY CRIMES, and this cop Should be Prosecuted to the Fullest extent of the law. put him in prison where people who abuse their power, and the citizens trust Belong.

    • Difdi

      That was a police officer. Not a judge. Not a corrections officer. It’s not up to him to decide the punishment for a criminal, nor is it up to him to apply any punishments.

      Being a vigilante is illegal, after all.

    • Nemo

      Ah, so you favor abuse and torture of non-combative subject, eh, trey? Since the subject in this film was subdued /before/ the pig dropped a knee on him, and all? “Move and fucking die!” is the word of the day?

      Boot licker.

    • Fotaugrafee

      So “resisting arrest” = fighting? What if the teen wasn’t informed of the reason he was being detained or arrested?

  • John Howard

    There’s a cop who needs a psych eval. He’s clearly not fit for duty. Must have a secret fantasy to be a WWF star.

  • Jeremy Lindsey

    Hurst Police Department in Texas.


  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-Lawyer

    The first officer was handling it just fine, had talked the individual into a prone position, and was actually handcuffing the suspect when Arnold showed up.

    Arnold, on the other hand, was totally unprofessional and used what appeared to be excessive force. While you can’t actually see his knee strike the suspects head, he does admit that he did so in the tape. There was no need to escalate by Arnold, and the first officer should have told him to chill out.

    A local news station, Fox4, has picked this up, and the Hurst Police Dept. advised them that “This is not behavior that the City of Hurst promotes or condones in any way. . . .”

    They further stated that they were investigating the matter.

    A note for those of y’all from outside Texas–a seventeen year old is an adult for the purposes of criminal law in Texas, not a minor. This means that any court action will be public in regular criminal court, instead of in juvenile court.

    • Difdi

      Told him to chill out? The first officer should have arrested his ass for aggravated assault & battery.

      • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-Lawyer

        There is no “battery” charge in Texas, and it doesn’t meet the elements of Aggravated Assault. To charge Agg Assault in Texas you have to either use a deadly weapon or cause serious bodily injury, neither of which were present here.

        At best, you could charge misdemeanor assault, and I doubt you would get a Texas jury to convict.

        • Difdi

          What’s the legal threshold for child abuse in Texas?

          • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-Lawyer

            Injury to a Child, Tex. Penal Code Sec. 22.04

            Child is defined as 14 or younger.

            In Texas, 17 and older is an adult for criminal law purposes.

          • Fotaugrafee

            Wow, and truancy is a criminal offense? Fucking amazing, no wonder these hicks are backwards.

          • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-Lawyer

            Yup, truancy is a crime, so is failing to pay the state tax on illicit drugs, so if that type of thing bothers you, LOL, then I suggest you don’t move here.

  • throat puncher

    i’ll show you relax mofo. jeez!! someone need to whip his ass. omg wtf is wrong with these assholes??? move so i can fuck you up?

    • Fotaugrafee

      Use of proper English & capital letters go a long way in proving your point.

  • http://www.therighttophotographinpublic.com Avi S. Adelman

    From this morning’s post on the Dallas Observer blog


    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.

  • http://www.therighttophotographinpublic.com Avi S. Adelman

    UPDATED STORY – from Dallas Morning News

    Update at 12:44 p.m.: Per the latest posting to the Hurst PD’s Facebook page, Officer Disraeli Arnold has been placed on administrative leave during what the department describes as “an ongoing internal affairs investigation.” The notice also reminds: “As we stated previously, this is not behavior that the City of Hurst and the Hurst Police Department promotes or condones.”

    It’s not likely there will be much more from the department till its investigation is wrapped up. Says the note:

    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.

  • Larken Rose

    Bloods, Crips, Cops. Different colors, same mentality. Same demeanor, same attitude, same tactics, same inferiority complex combined with sadistic lust for power over others. Same anti-social, confrontational, aggressive personality traits. Same pack mentality. Same threat to peace and justice, only one gang has a LOT more power, and a lot more victims.

  • http://www.therighttophotographinpublic.com Avi S. Adelman

    And it goes on and on….


    Second person accuses Hurst officer of inappropriate conduct

    HURST — The controversial video of Hurst police officer Disraeli Arnold responding to a call at a park last week gave Gared Matusz the chills.

    “Whenever it shows him yelling his name and badge number, it made me sick to my stomach,” Matusz said.

    The Euless business owner said Officer Arnold used foul language on a traffic stop on August 28. He was pulled over for speeding around 10 a.m. on his way to the airport. His mom was in the car. Arnold was called for backup after the officer asked to search Matusz’ vehicle for drugs.

    • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-Lawyer

      What is notable is that there was an earlier complaint, together with the past evaluations, which appear to indicate that Arnold has had a long-term problem with his behavior.

      You’ll note that the PD found nothing wrong with the August complaint–but will look at it again? If they had handled this appropriately to begin with, they wouldn’t have to deal with it now.

  • Fotaugrafee

    I hope Officer Arnold likes being a star, because this is the kind of shit that gets cops fired or put on administrative leave. Let’s hope the kid presses charges for battery. Good work by the kids for documenting this T.O. wanna-be.

    • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-Lawyer

      He’s already on admin leave, and battery in Texas is style as assault, but I doubt that a Texas jury would convict him. That’s not saying what he did was right, it wasn’t, but the only option that the kid realistically has is to file a 1983 suit for excessive force.

  • bta2997

    Sad but true, all over and here in HOOVER Alabama. I was 12 years old & took parents car for joy ride:) Yes, I know was wrong, but so was getting pulled out the car looking @ 20 shotgun’s to get thrown on the ground and beat in back of my head with Billy club. That was 21 yrs ago, I was harrased by Hoover PD for the next 15 years!!

  • Boomer

    News flash, it appears that Disraeli Arnold, aka “Arnold654” has been fired.


    Apparently, the cameraman did indeed, get it on tape.