Texas cop fired for profane tirade on camera

5:58 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
This screenshot taken from a cell phone video by 17-year-old Jordan Rojas shows Officer Disraeli Arnold. / CBS/DFW
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A police officer from Hurst, Texas, is suspended indefinitely for violating department rules with a profanity-laced outburst caught on camera, CBS DFW reports.

An investigation included that the officer, Disraeli Arnold, was extremely unprofessional when repeatedly cursing out a 17-year-old being arrested for an outstanding warrant. The video, taken by a friend of the arrested teen's, can be seen here.

Arnold "was disrespectful to a citizen, used indecent, profane and harsh language in the performance of his duties, and conducted himself in a manner which brought discredit to himself and the Hurst Police Department," according to a release by the City of Hurst.

The Hurst Police Department, however, said Arnold used a reasonable amount of force "based upon his perception when he arrived to assist Officer Jimenez."

Assistant Police Chief Steve Niekamp told CBS DFW that the suspension is the equivalent of a termination from the department.

According to Police Chief Steve Moore, Officer Miguel Jimenez told the teen suspect, Andrew Rodriguez, he was going to jail when Rodriguez began to walk away and call his mother. Jimenez then called for back-up for resisting arrest.

The teen's friend, 17-year-old Jordan Rojas, took video on his cell phone of Officer Arnold running to the teenager and tackling him while he was already on the ground. The video shows Arnold repeatedly cursing at the teen and asking him at least three times if he wanted to die.

Rodriguez's mother, Kelly Pope, told CBS's Dallas Fort-Worth affiliate the warrant was from a ticket her son received four years ago for trespassing on school property after hours.

CBS DFW reports that Arnold has received mostly positive reviews for his work, referred to by superiors as a "team player" interested in being promoted to supervisor. Some reviews, however, had mentioned that the officer could get "overzealous" and lose sight of the "big picture."

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