‘You’re killing my husband’ wife yells during police encounter at movie theater

Oklahoma

(CNN) — It was supposed to be a fun family outing to the movies, but then Nair Rodriquez’ teenage daughter got under her skin. They fought, she said, and she slapped her daughter.

Moments later, police arrived on a domestic dispute call at the Moore, Oklahoma, theater and confronted — not Nair Rodriguez — but her husband Luis. They took him down, and after the encounter on February 15, he was dead.

Cell phone video taken by his wife and released this week shows the final minutes of the takedown.

Nair Rodriguez accuses officers of brutality. Police say they were following protocol and used no undue force.

Argument, upset

The mother-daughter spat upset the mother so badly that she bolted for the family car. Her husband Luis followed her to calm her down, family attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez told reporters.

That’s when a group of police and theater security officers turned up, he said.

What happened next is disputed.

His wife has said officers beat Luis Rodriguez, CNN affiliate KFOR reported. But Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings calls the actions of his officers “reasonable.”

He would not go in to much detail and said an investigation is underway. But he mentioned that police used pepper spray, CNN affiliate KOCO reported.

Luis Rodriguez ended up on the ground with five men pinning him down, and wife Nair pulled out a cell phone.

Her fearful cries fill the recording.

“Luis! Luis!” she calls out frantically. Her husband does not respond, does not appear to move.

She calls to the officers to assure her that he is alright.

“Please somebody tell me that he is alive,” she implores. “He is not moving.”

The officers appear calm. One tells her that he will talk to her, once they are finished securing her husband.

Then one walks over to the camera. He tells her that police have called in a medical unit to check on her husband.

It wasn’t him

The officer says police received a call about domestic violence before confronting her husband.

It wasn’t him, Nair Rodriguez tells him. “I hit my daughter,” she says. She wants to know why they have pinned down her husband.

“He refused to give his ID,” the officer said. “He got combative.”

She notices blood on the officer. “Is he bleeding?” She demands to know.

“I’m bleeding; that’s me,” the officer says.

An ambulance can be seen in the background, and Luis Rodriguez is lifted onto a stretcher.

The video ends shortly afterward.

Cause of death

An autopsy may reveal more about why Luis Rodriguez died, and surveillance camera footage of the encounter in the movie theater parking lot may reveal what happened before his wife pulled out her cell phone camera.

What police describe as normal procedure, lawyer Brooks-Jimenez describes it as something brutal and possibly deadly.

Pepper spray to the face and the weight of five men on top of him.

CNN has reached out to Brooks-Jimenez for further comment and has placed calls to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation.

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10 comments

  • athynz

    This police state is out of control. How many more people must die before something is done to clamp down on the police brutality problem? Then again thanks to the liberal progressive politicians we have no rights… think about it they are against corporal punishment, they see the father going towards the daughter after being called, draw the conclusion he was the aggressor, and used deadly force to subdue him for using corporal punishment. He stepped out of the liberal progressive party line and was punished for it.

    • Seg12uin

      Liberal politicians have made it illegal for parents to reprimand their children. This lady slapped her child and thus committed a crime in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately for this country, the liberal agenda has made it tough on parents to raise their children by giving the children too many rights under the law. Legally, if a parent slaps a child, that child can have said parent arrested. All this thanks to liberal thought….that’s what it has to do with it.

  • Mike Tetrault

    Athynz- With all the hate and bigotry and oppression on the right, I’d say police brutality is right up THEIR alley.

  • Brian

    The “child” is 19 years old. Clearly not a case of child abuse. It was an argument between adults. The police assumed the father was the one that slapped her. They did not find out a few facts before they went after him.

  • Amelia L Adair

    You might not like what I have to say, but I will say it anyway! Black and Latino men and women will never be safe in these situations! We are not safe when walking home from a store, when playing loud music in our cars or knocking on a door in search of help after an accident. Police have always used brutality on us since the beginning of time. The best judge of current and future behaviors is past behavior!! They sicked dogs on us and used fire hoses to control us. They beat us in the past, killed us and they still are killing us. This video was very hard to watch.I could feel her pain, my prayers to her and her family!!! NOW we want justice ONCE again!

    • :(

      Who is “They”? Who is “We”? You’re just as, if not more, racist then the people you’re talking about. Those types of tactics have been used by people of all colors against people of all colors throughout history. EVERYONE who watches this video feels that woman’s pain, not just people of the “appropriate” color. This story is about police brutality, not racism. Stop being a bigot.

      • K

        Police brutality has a lot to do with racism. A. LOT. And perhaps they were speaking from experience. They’re not a bigot. But YOU are an idiot.

  • Francic

    15% of police are good men/women who serve and protect…85% of Police are jackbooted thugs who revel in their State/Local authority and lord it over the rest of us little people

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