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MOORE, Okla. — It was supposed to be a fun family outing to the movies, but then Nair Rodriguez’ 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 confronted — not Nair Rodriguez — but her husband Luis. They took him down, and after the encounter on February 15, he was dead.

Cell phone video taken by his wife and released this week shows the final minutes of the takedown.

Nair Rodriguez accuses officers of brutality. Police say they were following protocol and used no undue force.

Argument, upset

The mother-daughter spat upset the mother so badly that she bolted for the family car. Her husband Luis followed her to calm her down, family attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez told reporters.

That’s when a group of police and theater security officers turned up, he said.

What happened next is disputed.

His wife has said officers beat Luis Rodriguez, CNN affiliate KFOR reported. But Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings calls the actions of his officers “reasonable.”

He would not go in to much detail and said an investigation is underway. But he mentioned that police used pepper spray, CNN affiliate KOCO reported.

Luis Rodriguez ended up on the ground with five men pinning him down, and wife Nair pulled out a cell phone.

Her fearful cries fill the recording.

“Luis! Luis!” she calls out frantically. Her husband does not respond, does not appear to move.

She calls to the officers to assure her that he is alright.

“Please somebody tell me that he is alive,” she implores. “He is not moving.”

The officers appear calm. One tells her that he will talk to her, once they are finished securing her husband.

Then one walks over to the camera. He tells her that police have called in a medical unit to check on her husband.

It wasn’t him

The officer says police received a call about domestic violence before confronting her husband.

It wasn’t him, Nair Rodriguez tells him. “I hit my daughter,” she says. She wants to know why they have pinned down her husband.

“He refused to give his ID,” the officer said. “He got combative.”

She notices blood on the officer. “Is he bleeding?” She demands to know.

“I’m bleeding; that’s me,” the officer says.

An ambulance can be seen in the background, and Luis Rodriguez is lifted onto a stretcher.

The video ends shortly afterward.

Cause of death

An autopsy may reveal more about why Luis Rodriguez died, and surveillance camera footage of the encounter in the movie theater parking lot may reveal what happened before his wife pulled out her cell phone camera.

What police describe as normal procedure, lawyer Brooks-Jimenez describes it as something brutal and possibly deadly.

Pepper spray to the face and the weight of five men on top of him.

CNN has reached out to Brooks-Jimenez for further comment and has placed calls to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation.

41 comments

  • Maggie

    The way this is written is disgusting. Painting a peaceful narrative and tiny family dispute, only to be ruined by the big, bad cops! What terrible journalism. Tell us the facts – obviously there is more this story than “daughter gets slapped, police kill man”. Stop trying to get people to hate the police, or add drama to an already unfortunate situation. You know exactly what you’re doing with this story, and it’s straight up unethical. You probably won’t even let this comment through.

    • Richard F

      Please put this into a perspective that would warrant the five officers killing the man. I will give you any liberties with the story you want.

      • magztoriches

        You’re missing the point entirely. Liberties should not be taken with this type of news story. There is no room for speculation. It’s obvious that the author here wants to make the police out to be murderous pigs, without having the full story, or at least without presenting it. We see what happens after things get bad. It’s a pretty despicable practice, leading an audience to a conclusion with cherry-picked reporting. It’s irresponsible and reflects poorly on journalism as a whole.

    • bah

      Are you serious I know this simple video does not show the whole story but how dare you say something like that. They are handcuffing a dead man and then tell his wife hes just hurt. Do you not see a problem with that?

      • magztoriches

        The problem is with the writing. That’s all. I’m not going to weigh in on who is to blame because I don’t know all the facts. None of us do. My complaint is that this “journalist” has written a severely slanted article to create drama and intrigue, with a clear agenda to incriminate the police without understanding the scope of the story. It’s irresponsible to the public. We see a clip of an iPhone video and suddenly become both judge and jury? It’s not fair to anyone – not to the Rodriguez family, not to the officers involved, and not to the readers of this news source.

  • Chucky1992

    That is so tragic. I know there will be people who make comments about the police being abusive here but before you do… and I know there are some who will still say its police brutality, consider this. What if you were an officer on patrol? You receive a call that assigns you to respond to a “domestic disturbance” at a certain location. That is all you are told. You roll into the parking lot and what you see is a woman, bolting (as the report says) and a man following behind her. What do you do? Now I am not saying they didn’t abuse him but I didn’t see that in the video. They were cuffing him so they could investigate the situation and he appeared to be less than cooperative. The father was overweight based on the video so there could be some contributing health problems especially in such a stressful situation. He was likely already under stress due to the argument between his wife and daughter. He could have simply had a heart attack. You might think I am defending the officers. I am not. All I am saying is that we should not be so quick to decide the officers used excessive force. I still hate that it all happened like that. I feel bad for the family.

    • Amy

      Well said! Unfortunately, there is no way for us to know exactly what happened in this situation! Very tragic either way! Some are so quick to judge without knowing the facts. Wait until all the information is out before any of you go calling the cops the bad people here and making false accusations. think the best thing to do right now is to pray for this family after the unfortunate situation they have been through.

  • tsilver

    I’m just chiming in so I can hear what all is being said. First off, why are you slapping your daughter in a Movie Theatre. Secondly, if you need to get violent in a Movie Theatre – why did you go in the first place? Lots of information that has not been disclosed here. I just posted to keep up with the BS.

      • Will Grant

        The same planet you live on, “Ingrid Martin”

        No wonder you can’t keep a man for more than a couple weeks at a time.

      • Will Grant

        I’m not claiming victim status here, “Richard F” Obviously you have no family of your own because our state wisely passed Amendment One a couple years ago. Hope this helps.

    • Mark

      Will Grant is an idiot and should not be allowed to make comments on here. Sir nothing justified what they did. I have several members of my family in Law Enforcement and I work for the federal government. You simply are heartless and show your ignorance .

      • Will Grant

        oh, brother…

        Did I hurt your feelings, “Mark”

        By the way, being a part-time security guard does not qualify as “law enforcement.” Hope this helps.

      • me

        Sorry Just so you guys know I was talking to Bill I guess he deserves to die for making such stupid comments!!! Control his family smh you are ignorant!!!

  • GodBlessAll

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but the uncalled for language and screen name is definitely unnecessary. I enjoy the US because of our rights to freedom of speech I encourage it but if you cannot post a comment without using profanity you don’t need to post. There is a correct way and wrong way to go about getting your point across.

  • Pplhavenorespect!

    People have no respect for other people. Will what if this was someone in your family and someone did something like this to them. You do not know what exactly went on before the video took place. And saying he deserved it because he didn’t take control. Really? What has happened to people in this world?? Some people amaze me with there comments! This goes back to people that has no respect. If you wasn’t there to see what went on you can’t blame it on the officers or the family! You did not witness this happen so for anyone to say he deserved it, your wrong and I’m sure if it was you or your family in the position this family is in you would be just upset and concerned. For the family that lost a loved one, you’ll are in my prayers! R.I.P

  • Ingrid Martin

    There are so many of these cases lately. I believe there needs to be new training in subduing a suspect or person of interest. There has to be a better way of doing things where citizens aren’t dead or severely injured as a result. It would also help in police safety and perception. I don’t believe that if this man was approached properly it would have gone that far. Reasonable force begins with a reasonable approach.

  • bill

    Typical cop behavior. You fucking bafoons need to get real jobs. Always harassing people when not called for, profiling, using your blue lights to speed through stop light’s, running plates due to peoples appearance. I’m shocked as shit something like this hasnt happened in Archdale or HP. Boils down to cops being upset because they couldnt get into college and had to do the 2 year community college and be a cop because they cant do anything else and have to mow yards when they get off to make ends meet. Blame yourselfs for your shit job and shit life, not others. I’m so sick for this family.

  • keith shaw

    Have you ever noticed that when they are on a person they tell them to stop resisting? They are taught that, it makes it look like the force is necessary. Many times the individual is not even trying to resist, its just punishment for not obeying their commands.

  • Cassie

    What a shame something like this happened from a nice family outing turned bad. Sometimes the police need to stand back and listen before acting forcibly. I once had an unruly teen and often felt like strangling her myself, but things evently worked out with God’s help!

  • Billiam

    They knew the man was dead as soon as the officer with the glasses walked over to her, you can see him check his pulse and breathing just prior to walk over to the lady and trying to block the cameras view.

  • Jackie

    Racial profiling! During the take down when the wife said why are you doing this a cop said “because he failed to show his ID. They killed this man. There is a fine line between a cop and a criminal! They should all be charged! Don’t blame the victims!

  • Jay

    Hmm. I cant help but wonder if this suspect followed lawful orders to stop, go through the procedures and calmly explain the situation that these officers were walking into and sort it out or if he put up a fight.

  • Jes

    Regardless, five men do not need to be putting all their weight on top of one guy who isn’t even fighting back.
    Over an ID really.
    Cops are pigs.

    • Robert Martin

      Jes? Have you ever tried to arrest a MAN who is 6 foot tall and weighs over 250lbs? Until you do SHUT UP. We have no idea what happened before the wife started taping. If it comes out they were wrong, bash them all you want and they should be charged, but until then shut up.

  • iris brown

    They knew they killed him. Murdered him. They wanted her ID so they could finish their report. Polite as could be to her so as to not rock the boat and to get said ID to finish said report. Period. Damage had already been done. Period.

  • Will Grant

    Hilarious how all you people know better than the trained police officers how to deal with a resisting suspect. Even funnier that you think you have any say in matters like this, that your opinion matters to anyone important. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Debbie

    I don’t know all the details so I’m going to keep my opinion to myself, but I’m just wondering why the wife decided to pull out her phone and video instead of going to aid her husband? If that had been my husband nothing would of kept me from at least trying to get them off of him.

    • Bob

      Really? Not even gun wielding thugs with a badge who just happen to “protect and serve” your now dead husband?

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