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Cellphone video in fatal Moore, OK, Warren Theatre incident is made public

Video made public Tuesday and shot by Nair Rodriguez starts with her husband, Luis Rodriguez, already on the ground and surrounded by officers at the Warren Theatre in Moore.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: February 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm •  Published: February 25, 2014

The panic in Nair Rodriguez’s voice peaks as emergency workers load her husband onto a stretcher in the Warren Theatre parking lot.

Her hands are shaking, blurring the cellphone video she’s shooting, and she’s now screaming to her husband of 22 years, calling him “Papa.”

“Papa! Is he OK? He doesn’t move!”

“They’ve got him and they’re going to take care of him,” an officer responds.

“He doesn’t move! You killed him! You killed him!”

Five law enforcement officers pinned Luis Rodriguez, 44, to the ground and handcuffed him during the incident, which occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 15. He died shortly after the encounter.

On Tuesday, the family’s attorney, Michael Brooks-Jimenez, made public the six-minute video shot by Nair Rodriguez. In it, Luis Rodriguez doesn’t appear to struggle or move while the officers detain him.

Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings has defended the officers, three of whom are Moore police officers, and said the use of force shown on the video was appropriate.

Though Nair Rodriguez says her husband appeared dead as he was placed into the ambulance, and she begs the officers to tell her he’s alive, a spokeswoman for Midwest Regional Emergency Medical Service said he was alive during the transport to Moore Medical Center.

When the video begins, Luis Rodriguez is already on the ground being handcuffed, so viewers don’t see how the officers treated him up to that point. The officers used pepper spray on Rodriguez but it’s not shown in the video.

Nair Rodriguez can be heard asking her husband if he’s OK while officers attempt to calm her down and repeatedly ask for her and her daughter’s ID.

Officers appear to prop him up into a seated position partway through the video. “I’m recording because this is too much,” Nair Rodriguez tells them.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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