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February 19, 2014

Moore Police Chief in full support of officers

MOORE — During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Moore Police Department Chief Jerry Stillings said that he is in full support of the three MPD officers that are on administrative leave following the death of Luis Rodriguez after an incident that took place at the Warren Theater in Moore Friday night.

“I know these officers and I know their hearts,” Stillings said. “I don’t feel they would approach any situation with ill intentions. It is my intention and my duty to thoroughly investigate this incident. Collect all evidence, conduct all interviews and turn over a full and thorough investigation the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office.”

Luis Rodriguez was at the theater Friday when an argument broke out between Rodriguez’s wife, Nair Rodriguez, and his daughter, Lunahi Rodriguez, reports indicate.

Nair told media outlets she stormed to the parking lot and her husband chased after her to try and calm her down. That is when the theater security personnel and the MPD interceded and tried to stop Luis, according to Nair.

“He was just trying to reach me,” Nair said in a television news report. “He wasn’t involved and the camera at Warren should be recording that. He was trying to calm me down because I was the one furious with my daughter.”

A scuffle ensued and Luis Rodriguez was handcuffed and later taken to the hospital where he died. According to MPD’s Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, a cause of death has not been established.

According to the Lunahi, the incident was recorded on Nair’s cell phone, which was taken into custody by the police.

“(The video) will show that five police killed my husband... beating him brutally,” Nair said Tuesday. “The only injury I can remember and stick in my mind was the one that hit my husband in the face repeatedly when his body was moveless.”

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