Lewis admitted that officers took the phone.
“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,” Lewis said.
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.”
Detectives are reviewing video evidence from the incident and will conduct 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.”