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Teen files complaint against Hurst officer

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HURST, Texas -

The teenager who said he was assaulted by a Hurst police officer has filed a formal complaint with the department.

On Nov. 20 officers arrested Andrew Rodriguez on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in a trespassing case.

The 17-year-old said he was cooperating and never resisted, but claims Officer Disraeli Arnold came along and assaulted and threatened him without cause.

A friend recorded the profanity-laced scuffle with a cellphone. It has prompted an internal affairs review.

Rodriguez hand delivered the complaint with support from his parents and attorney, Carlos Quintanila from the League of United Latin American Citizens.

"I'd like to thank everybody that's helped me and my family through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. And everybody else here, thank you very much," he said.

The formal complaint makes the investigation official.

In it Rodriguez said he was nervous and afraid because it was his first time ever arrested. He feels his civil rights were violated and he wants the district attorney and U.S. attorney to see the investigation through.

The teen is out of jail on bond. He has pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and denies owning some drug paraphernalia that police claim he had that day.

Officer Arnold has been with the department for four years. He was placed on administrative leave.

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