Teen Files Complaint Over Hurst Arrest

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    The family of Andrew Rodriguez filed a complaint against the Hurst police officer they say used excessive force violating the teen's civil rights in a video posted on YouTube.

    A Hurst family has filed a complaint about an arrest that was captured on a video that shows an officer kneeing a teenager in the head and threatening him.

    Seventeen-year-old Andrew Rodriguez; his mother, Kelly Pope; and a local civil rights advocate on Wednesday filed a formal complaint about the arrest.

    A video uploaded to YouTube shows Officer Disreali Arnold kneeing Rodriguez in the back of the head while cussing and threatening him.

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    An internal investigation into the matter will move forward now that a complaint has been filed.

    The department on Monday morning placed Arnold on administrative leave pending an ongoing internal affairs investigation. The department said the officer's actions, including kneeing the teen, swearing and parading in front of the camera are all major concerns.

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    The mother of 17-year-old seen in a YouTube video being kneed in the back and cursed at by a Hurst police officer says she wants the officer fired and charged with aggravated asault.

    Rodriguez's family is also calling on the Tarrant County district attorney and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas to look into the incident.

    Rodriguez says Arnold used excessive, life-threatening force and violated his civil rights.

    He and his mother said they want him terminated.

    NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.