AFRICANGLOBE – What began as a fun night out to the movies ended in tragedy for one Oklahoma family after a father was beaten to death by police following a domestic dispute.
The incident, which was caught on video, began when Mrs. Nair Rodriguez got into an altercation with her 19-year-old daughter outside the Moore Warren Theatre in the early hours of February 15 and slapped her. A bystander who witnessed the incident reported the event to police.
The mother-daughter disagreement had upset Mrs. Rodriguez so much that she had bolted for the family car. Her husband, Luis followed her to calm her down when he was intercepted by five police who arrived on the scene. However instead of confronting Nair, five cops took down her innocent husband Luis Rodriguez, beating, pepper spraying and pinning him on the road.
“Five guys got on top of him, beating him ruthlessly. On the head– just pow, pow, pow. Even with knees,” Luis’ daughter explained. “When they flipped him over you could see all the blood on his face, it was, he was disfigured, you couldn’t recognize him,”.
In a state of shock, Nair Rodriguez took out her phone and recorded the final moments of the police brutality where she can be heard screaming and demanding officers to stop as her husband appears lifeless.
“Luis! Luis!” Please somebody tell me that he is alive,” she implored. “He is not moving,” she screams.
The police responded to Ms. Rodriguez by telling her they had called a medical unit.
Rodriguez can be heard demanding to know why they pinned down her husband to which officers replied, “He refused to give his ID.”
Luis was then taken to hospital where the family was hopeful he would pull through. However, Luis was soon pronounced dead after he stopped breathing.
The family’s attorney Michael Brooks-Jiménez said it’s not clear why police took Luis down because the argument was between Nair and her daughter.
“Luis committed no crime. He was not armed. He had no gun, no knife, no weapon of any kind. But Luis is the one who lost his life that night,” he said.
Police say their actions were protocol, though three have been suspended with pay while the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate.
By: Jodie Gummow