The Norman Transcript

June 28, 2014

Rodriguez family unhappy with case closing

By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript

OKLAHOMA CITY — One week after Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn announced there would be no charges filed in connection with the death of Luis Rodriguez, the family’s lawyer issued a response.

Attorney Kenyatta Bethea, of Holloway, Bethea and Osenbaugh PLLC, issued a statement asking to meet with Mashburn face-to-face to talk about his decision to not prosecute members of the Moore Police Department, who the Rodriguez family said killed their husband and father.

“It is the sincere hope of the Rodriguez family that Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office reconsiders the overhasty decision to not press forward with criminal investigation,” Bethea stated. “Moreover, the family would like an opportunity to meet with officials in order to hear and receive the information used to come to the conclusion that further prosecution would be unnecessary, as no one in the family was interviewed or questioned by an representative of Cleveland County.”

Rodriguez, 44, died Feb. 15 after an altercation with Moore officers Joseph Bradley, Brian Clarkston and Ryan Minard and off-duty Oklahoma game wardens Tyler Howser and Chad Strang, who were working private security at the Warren Theatre. According to Mashburn, it was Rodriguez’s physical health that caused his death and not the actions of the police and security guards.

Nair Rodriguez, the wife of Luis, has not wavered in her belief that the five men murdered her husband. The HBO law firm reaffirmed these accusations in their press release.

“It is important to remember that the officers who ultimately assaulted Luis and murdered him do so without any reasonable basis,” Bethea stated. “He had not done anything wrong. He had not committed any crime. Instead, the officers injected themselves into a parenting situation that was completely under control and to which Luis was simply a bystander. In Oklahoma, there is no obligation to prove your identification to the police. Therefore, the officer’s’ decision to assault and eventually kill Luis for failing to provide his identification is both alarming and criminal.”

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