MOORE, Oklahoma – The lawyer for the Rodriguez family’s released the video of a man, who died outside the Moore Warren Movie Theater while in police custody, during a press conference.
Luis Rodriguez died earlier this month after a confrontation with police outside the theater in Moore.
Police say the 44-year-old Rodriguez became uncooperative when officers questioned him about a possible domestic disturbance. Police handcuffed the man.
Rodriguez’s wife and daughter say after the police hand cuffed him they started beating him. The autopsy results are pending.
The Rodriguez family’s lawyer released a cellphone video of the incident and a statement at a news conference in Oklahoma City.
Warning: the video may be considered graphic to some viewers.
The video shows 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez on his stomach on the ground outside the theater with five police officers restraining him.
One officer holds Rodriguez’s head down and the others are on top of him as they handcuff his hands behind his back.
Rodriguez’s wife, who shot the video, is later heard screaming and asking if Rodriguez is dead as he is placed on a stretcher.
“He was not involved in the disturbance. However, when police came, they focused their attention on Luis. Taking him face down onto the pavement, pepper-spraying his mouth, nose and eyes and putting the weight of five grown men on top of him, and then handcuffing him as he was unconscious or already dead,” said Michael Brooks-Jimenez, attorney for the Rodriguez family.
Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings said he stands behind his officers’ actions and said he did not see anything inappropriate on the cell phone video as far as his officers’ actions.
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There is security camera footage from the Warren Theater. However, that has not yet been made available for us to see.
Police say three officers involved in the incident are on administrative leave.
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