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Teen to file complaint against Hurst officer after cell phone arrest

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A cell phone video of a 17-year-old boy's arrest has sparked an investigation in the Hurst police department.

The video of Andrew Rodriguez shows the teen initially resisting arrest on Tuesday at Bellaire Park in Hurst. After the teen is subdued and handcuffed face-down by one officer, a second officer runs up and jumps on Rodriguez, cursing and shouting.

Officers arrested the teen on outstanding warrants for traffic violations.

Rodriguez's friend, 17-year-old Jordan Rojas, recorded the arrest on his cell phone.

"I was just shocked," said Rojas. "I don't know, it was crazy."

Both teens say the second officer used unnecessary and excessive force. Rodriguez plans to file a complaint today at the Hurst Police Department.

Police released a brief statement over the weekend about the video.

"This is not behavior that the city of Hurst 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 will be investigated internally," the statement read.

Rojas agrees his friend initially resisted the arrest, because he wanted to phone his mother before he was taken away. But he soon submitted to the first officer who pinned him down.

But the second officer, who later gave his name as "Arnold 654" on tape, jumped on top of the prone teen and began threatening him.

"Move and die!" the officer shouted several times. "Move so I can kick your [expletive]."

"There wasn't anything necessary for you elbowing in the back of my head," said Rodriguez on the recording. "No, that was his knee," his friend Rojas replied. "You record that?" Rodriguez asked from the ground.

Both teens hope the video brings justice.

"I just want [the officer] to get some sort of punishment because what he did was wrong," said Rojas. "Whether he gets fired or not, I guess that's up to the department."

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