Second person accuses Hurst officer of inappropriate conduct




Posted on November 27, 2012 at 12:12 AM

HURST -- The controversial video of Hurst police officer Disraeli Arnold responding to a call at a park last week gave Gared Matusz the chills.

"Whenever it shows him yelling his name and badge number, it made me sick to my stomach," Matusz said.

The Euless business owner said Officer Arnold used foul language on a traffic stop on August 28. He was pulled over for speeding around 10 a.m. on his way to the airport. His mom was in the car. Arnold was called for backup after the officer asked to search Matusz' vehicle for drugs.

"I was cooperating completely until he got there and threw me on the ground, and that's when I started getting angry and my mom got the brunt of of it," Matusz said.

He also claims Arnold threatened his mom.

"His exact words were, 'You don't want your son to see me mad,'" he said. "He was threatening her, berating her, and she was crying hysterically."

Matusz said he got a speeding ticket, but no drugs were found inside his truck. He met with with Hurst police Monday night.

News 8 went to Arnold's home in Euless Monday. He was inside, but didn't want to comment.

The officer's record with the Hurst Police Department includes some commendations. He was also praised for service and attitude.

But, in a review in 2010, supervisors wrote, "Officer Arnold's enthusiasm may make him overzealous at times which can cloud his judgement... Sometimes he needs to step back and see the big picture."

For Matusz, the big picture is crystal clear.

"This cop has anger issues -- plain and simple," he said. "He should not be a police officer."

According to Hurst police, Matusz' stop was reviewed, but they didn't find any problems. The agency is now looking at it again.