Luis Rodriguez, a 44-year-old Oklahoma man, died after being taken down by five police officers outside a movie theater. The family has since released cell phone video and claims that Rodriguez’s injuries, sustained while five cops pinned him down, led to his death.
According to CNN on Wednesday, the video starts with Rodriguez face down on the ground, outside a movie theater in Moore, a city in Cleveland County, part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Five officers are seen restraining Luis, who is barely able to move. One officer is seen holding Rodriguez's head down.
Police say they confronted Rodriguez about a possible domestic abuse, but Luis reportedly refused to give his ID and became “uncooperative.”
Moore police spokesman Jeremy Lewis said Tuesday afternoon that Rodriguez died at the hospital.
Rodriguez's wife, Nair Rodriguez, who can be heard screaming his name in the video, has told media outlets that police “beat her husband,” and left him dead.
News reports says the incident started when Nair slapped her 19-year-old daughter.
CNN picks up the story:
It was supposed to be a fun family outing to the movies, but Nair Rodriguez's 19-year-old daughter got under her skin. They fought, she said, and she slapped her daughter.
Moments later, police arrived on a domestic dispute call at the Moore, Oklahoma, theater and did not confront Nair Rodriguez but rather her husband, Luis. They took him down, and after the encounter on February 15, he was dead.
The full, six-minute video, seen here via YouTube, shows Luis on the ground while Nair pleads to the officers to find out if he is hurt.
"Please somebody tell me that he is alive," she implores. "He is not moving."
The spat between the mother and daughter sent Nair running to their vehicle. Luis followed, attempting to calm his family down. That's when police approached – two active-duty officers stationed at the theater, a third who was off duty, and two Oklahoma state game wardens who were also working as off-duty security.
Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings calls the actions of his officers "reasonable," and while he would not go into detail, did confirm police used pepper spray, CNN affiliate KOCO reported.
Family attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez said Tuesday that Luis Rodriguez was known in his family and his church as a peacemaker.
"Luis committed no crime. He wasn't armed. No gun. No knife. No weapon of any kind. But Luis was the one who lost his life that night," Brooks-Jimenez said as he stood next to the now-widowed Nair Rodriguez.
Police say their three officers involved in the incident are on administrative leave. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating. Autopsy results are pending.
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