Police officers in Moore, Okla., are accused of beating an unarmed father to death in front of his family outside a movie theater last week. The family of the man who died claim they captured cellphone video of the police beating him severely, but the phone was later confiscated as “evidence.”
Three officers have been put on administrative leave by the Moore Police Department while detectives investigate the in-custody death.
Though details aren’t concrete, KWTV has a timeline of what happened based on eyewitness accounts:
Nair Rodriguez and her daughter Lunahi told News 9 they got into an argument at the Warren Theater around midnight. Nair said she slapped her daughter then stormed away. Her husband, Luis, chased after her. That was when the family said officers confronted Luis Rodriguez and asked to see his identification.
According to Lunahi and Nair, he tried to bypass the officers to stop his wife from driving off because she was so angry. They said officers took him down and it escalated.
Lunahi Rodriguez said that five officers beat her father to death right in front of her, in the parking lot of the movie theater.
“When they flipped him over you could see all the blood on his face, it was, he was disfigured, you couldn’t recognize him,” Lunahi Rodriguez told the news station.
Nair Rodriguez too remembered the gruesome sight of her bloody husband. She said she immediately knew he was dead.
“I saw him. His [motionless] body when people carry it to the stretcher,” the widow said.
Police have yet to comment on the incident due to the ongoing investigation. However, the deceased man’s wife argues her husband was only trying to end the fight between her and their daughter.
“I told them I hit her and he was just trying to reach me. Why didn’t they arrest me?” Nair Rodriguez asked.
Lunahi Rodriguez confirmed that her mother recorded video of the incident as they both watched in horror.
Following the incident, police allegedly confiscated the cellphone containing the video of the alleged beating.
The family is reportedly planning to hire an attorney.
(H/T: Photography Is Not a Crime)