A Dallas police officer was briefly suspended after he was caught on video going off on a 14-year-old boy in a profanity-laden tirade.
Terigi Rossi was once a member of the Dallas SWAT team and even appeared on the A&E show with the same name. But in October 2014, a cellphone video captured Rossi threatening a young boy who also claimed Rossi put his arm around him and choked him.
"I'll break your f***ing neck," Rossi can be heard saying in the video, obtained by WFAA-TV. "You understand me? You understand me?"
According to WFAA, Rossi and his partner were responding to a 911 hangup call.
"I'm telling you right now, Get the f*** over here! Listen to me!" Rossi said. "You're just like your mother. You're a piece of f***ing s***."
According to Rossi, he put his arm around the boy in order to console him as he had supposedly begun to cry. Police say the teenager did not have any visible injuries, according to WFAA.
In the video, which WFAA obtained through an open records request, the 14-year-old's stepmother is seen handcuffed and standing against the patrol car. However, no arrests were actually made during the incident.
According to the police report, the woman called 911 because her car had been towed, and then hung up when she believed the conversation was finished.
Rossi said he initially put the woman in handcuffs because she was being combative with the officers. His partner's account of the situation did not describe the woman as being combative in any way.
Rossi then went into the apartment to speak to the teenager alone, and when he came out he made the call to arrest the woman.
"After Officer Rossi placed her in handcuffs, I asked the son what he told the officer and he said he told him [Rossi] nothing," his partner wrote in the police report obtained by WFAA.
In order to get the 14-year-old boy to talk to him, Rossi apparently threatened him with foster care.
"Then you're gonna go to a foster home," Rossi can be heard saying in the recording. "I need to know what happened here, because right now, she's going to jail."
The 14-year-old responds to the officer's remarks by saying that nothing happened.
"There was never any malice or intent on my part," Rossi said in a statement to internal investigators after the incident. "All I want(ed) to do is find out what had occurred on this particular call. Could I (have) handled this particular situation differently, yes, but this is a job that if you don't show your control at the scene things can get very ugly."
Rossi lost his job on the SWAT team after he was caught sleeping on the job. But soon after, he was back on patrol. Rossi is still currently employed at the North Central patrol station in Dallas.