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May 29, 2014

Attorney says Warren Theatre footage supports plaintiffs’ claim that officers killed Luis Rodriguez

MOORE — More than three months after the death of Luis Rodriguez, his family is calling for action.

According to the family’s attorney, they want to pressure Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation into releasing pertinent evidence that will back up their claim that Luis was killed by law enforcement officers.

“We are in the planning stages of probably launching an online petition to present to Greg Mashburn demanding that these officers be held criminally accountable,” attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez said. “Then, also demand a copy of the Warren Theatre video.”

Rodriguez, 44, died Feb. 15 after an altercation with three members of the Moore Police Department and two off-duty Oklahoma game wardens working private security at the Warren Theatre. Rodriguez’s wife, Nair, said she believes her husband was beaten to death in the process.

In April, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. According to the ME’s report, no drugs or alcohol were found in Rodriguez’s system, but he was diagnosed with pulmonary edema and congestion with intra-alveolar hemorrhage.

Scalp contusions and abrasions on the right forearm, hands, abdomen and knees also were found on Rodriguez.

Brooks-Jimenez said the entire scene was captured on the theater’s security video, which is in the OSBI’s possession.

“Mrs. Rodriguez gave her statement a week before last,” Brooks-Jimenez said. “Part of the conditions that we placed on that interview was that OSBI would give us a chance to see the Warren Theatre video. So we had a chance to be able to see the video, and it’s not the way the Moore police chief characterized it. He basically said that his officers did nothing wrong. There are things you can see in the video that clearly don’t bear out those assertions.”

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