The Moore American

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March 5, 2014

Rodriguez lawyers seek video

MOORE — On the night Luis Rodriguez died after an altercation with members of the Moore Police Department, at least two videos of the incident were made. Attorneys for the Rodriguez family released one of them Tuesday and now are waiting for the other to be handed over.

The second video is from the security camera at the Warren Theatre where Rodriguez and three members of the MPD and two off-duty Oklahoma game wardens working private security encountered each other.

“At this point, we’ve made a request of the Moore Police Department for a copy of the Warren surveillance video,” attorney Michael Brooks-Jime’nez said, “and they’ve refused to give it to us. What they say is because the investigation has been passed over to OSBI (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation), they don’t want to disclose the video to us because that somehow might interfere with the OSBI investigation. I don’t see how that would happen, but that’s been their response.”

The MPD asked the OSBI to take over the investigation Feb. 21, a week after Rodriguez died.

According to Brooks-Jime’nez, he first asked for the video Feb. 23 and again Feb. 25. Both times, his request was declined.

“The video is still at OSBI, and that part of it is still under investigation,” MPD Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. “Until OSBI finishes with that portion of the investigation, it can’t be released.”

Brooks-Jime’nez said until the theater video is released, he and the family are in a waiting game. He’s been told the autopsy results won’t be complete for another month or two.

The Rodriguez family and their attorneys are asking those who witnessed the Feb. 14 incident at the Warren Theatre to come forward.

“I’m hopeful that if there is anybody else out there,” Brooks-Jime’nez said. “The issue we’re trying to get to the bottom of is exactly what happened that evening ... Any witness that saw, or any type of video, it would really help to tell what happened.”

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