Killer Cops


http://reason.com/blog/2014/02/18/oklahoma-man-beat-to-death-by-cops-for-r

Oklahoma Man Beat to Death By Cops for Running After His Wife; Cops Confiscate Video of Incident

The sad basics of a Valentine’s day tragedy from KFOR-TV’s website:

Nair Rodriguez explained how her family went to the Warren Theater for Valentine’s Day, but she and her daughter started fighting in the parking lot.

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Nair admits she slapped her daughter. Her husband, Luis, stepped in.

She said “My husband was trying to calm (us) down, because that’s what he was . . . a grizzly bear . . . but with a teddy bear heart.”

The Moore Police Department said two security guards, an off-duty officer, and two on-duty officers responded to the domestic dispute.

Authorities said Luis was being uncooperative, and there was a struggle.

The family claims the officers started beating him while he was on the ground and they recorded the entire thing on their cell phones.

At one point, Luis stopped breathing and police immediately called for medical help. Sadly, he died a short time later.

Nair said her family doesn’t have the video anymore because police seized their cell phones.

Moore police say they’re in the process of getting a warrant for the cell phone video. They say they had to take the phones to protect the video from tampering and they won’t look at it until they get the warrant.

Certainly, one couldn’t imagine that the police side of the incident would have any incentive to “tamper” with the video. More from NewsOK.com:

Three Moore police officers are on administrative leave while the death of a man at the Warren Theater is being investigated…..

Luinahi Rodriguez [his daughter] said Luis did not resist police force and was hit repeatedly by police officers.

“They jumped on him like he was some kind of killer or drug dealer and beat him up,” Luinahi Rodriguez said. “He never fought the officers, they beat him on the head and that’s how he lost his breath.”

Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reas

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