The Moore American


February 18, 2014

Officers on leave after theater death



“Five guys got on top of him,” Lunahi said in the television news report. “Beating him ruthlessly on the head. Just pow, pow, pow. Even with knees. When they flipped him over, you could see all the blood on his face. He was disfigured. You couldn’t recognize him.”

The three Moore Police officers involved are on administrative leave pending a thorough investigation. Detectives are reviewing video evidence from the incident and will be conducting interviews with all parties involved in the coming days. All of the findings will be sent to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office.

Lewis said he doesn’t know if the security officers are still on duty at the theater.

“That’s between them and their agency,” Lewis said. “Our agency is investigating the whole thing as far as criminal activity. But as far as personnel issues, that’s on their department. But our detectives will investigate it criminally on them also.”

According to the Lunahi, the incident involving Luis Rodriguez and the Moore Police and theater security was recorded on Nair’s cell phone, which was taken into custody by the police.

“We took it from them,” Lewis said. “They did not want us to have it. But they showed one of our detectives there was video of the incident on it. So that’s why it was taken. Once they showed there was evidence on it, we have to take it to process the evidence. And she will get it back as soon as the DA gives it back to her. We’re finished with it. But the DA kept it for some reason.”

According to Lewis, this is normal procedure.

“There is no reason to use the cell phone if they don’t take it right then,” Lewis said. “There is no way to know if the evidence is pure. If we allow the evidence to leave the scene, then it’s no longer evidence. What we do is take, it’s logged into property. It’s not looked at until we get a warrant.”

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide