Late last week the Hurst Police Department announced that officer Disraeli Arnold, who delivered a flying knee during the arrest 17-year-old Andrew Rodriguez for a trespassing warrant, would be "suspended indefinitely," which the police chief has said basically means "fired."
The reason for Arnold's termination wasn't the flying knee, which an internal affairs investigation determined landed on Rodriguez' back and shoulders and did not constitute unreasonable force Rather, it was his language, which included such measured instructions as "Move and fuckin' die!" and "Move so I can fuck you up!"
To his bosses at Hurst PD and anyone who saw the video, this was pretty clearly an outrageous response to a scrawny teenager who was already pretty well subdued. But Arnold disagrees.
"Regarding my use of strong language during this incident, although I believe it was helpful in the circumstance, in the future, I will stay away from the use of profanity unless I feel it is absolutely necessary," he wrote in a response to internal affairs investigators.
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Arnold does not elaborate on what situations would require him to scream "Move and fuckin' die!" -- A botched fast food order? A fussy infant on an airplane? The old lady counting pennies in front of him at the grocery store? -- but his threshold doesn't seem very high.
This is what disturbed Hurst Police Chief Steve Moore. In Arnold's dismissal letter, obtained today by WFAA, he wrote that he was "deeply concerned" by Arnold's failure to recognize the inappropriateness of his actions."
Moore wrote that he didn't feel those threats "were necessary during this or any incident" and is "concerned [Arnold] will repeat this behavior again."
He still may, but not as a Hurst police officer.