Luis Rodriguez Dies After Police Restrained Him at Movie Theater

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 01:21 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Oklahoma authorities continued to investigate the death of a 44-year-old man who died while in police custody in the parking lot of a movie theater, after they responded to a domestic dispute between the man's wife and their daughter.

Attorneys for the family of Luis Rodriguez released a video of the incident Tuesday, made by his wife Nair Rodriguez, who claims that police beat her husband unnecessarily. Police say Luis Rodriguez became combative and they reacted according to department procedures, KFOR-TV reported. 

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Nair Rodriguez could be heard asking her husband, "Luis, are you okay?" as Luis Rodriguez was restrained by officers on the ground. Luis Rodriguez does not appear to respond.

"This is a parent thing and look at how you're treating him," Nair Rodriguez said to officers as they had Luis Rodriguez pinned to the ground. "Can someone please explain to me how you've come to this?"

The incident occurred on Feb. 15, according to CNN. The pair, along with their 19-year-old daughter, went to a movie in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. Inside the movie theater, the mother and daughter got into altercation that eventually led to the mother leaving the theater. 

The family's attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez told CNN that Luis Rodriguez followed his wife outside to calm her down when they were confronted by police.

"I would think someone in that situation would have so much adrenaline going through their body they would be out of breath, their chest would be heaving. You don't see any of that in the video," Brooks-Jimenez told KFOR-TV. 

"That truly is the only document we have to be able to provide our side of the story of what happened," Brook-Jimenez added, claiming police have denied his request to look at surveillance video from the movie theater. "A 44-year-old man doesn't pass away if reasonable force is applied."

A medical examiner performed an autopsy on Luis Rodriguez on Feb. 16. Amy Elliott, from Oklahoma's office of the chief medical examiner, told CNN that a full report on his death will not be released until toxicology results are completed.

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