On the evening of February 14, 2014 the Rodriguez family drove from their home in Norman, Oklahoma to the Warren Theatre in Moore, OK for a family movie night. While leaving, Nari Rodriguez engaged in an argument with her nineteen-year-old daughter, Luinahi. According to Nair, the fight was regarding Luinahi spending time with a group of friends who the family had experienced issues with in the past and believed to be a bad influence on their daughter. The argument reached a climax in the parking lot when Nari slapped Luinahi for lying to her, allegedly. A bystander saw the altercation taking place and called police. When police arrived, Luis Hernandez, the 44-year-old father of Luinahi and husband of Nari who had not been involved in the altercation, was standing away from his wife and daughter as he had been throughout the argument. Police immediately approached Luis who had his eye on Nari; Luis saw that Nari was attempting to get in the family car and leave. Not wanting his wife to be on the road while she was so upset and presumably concerned that he and his daughter would be stranded in the town of Moore if she drove off, Luis continued to approach his wife when police asked for Luis’s identification. One police officer grabbed Luis in an attempt to stop him; When Luis broke free of his grip, four police officers and one security guard tackled Mr. Rodriguez and began savagely beating him with their fists and knees, repeatedly using pepper spray on him until he was lying limp on the ground, unable to move.
Even after Luis’s face had been beaten so severely that he was unrecognizable to his daughter and wife of twenty-two years, police continued their brutality, pressing Luis’s skull into the pavement and placing their knees on top of his body, bearing their full weight down on him while his wife and child watched. Luinahi later recalled, “Five guys on top of him, beating him ruthlessly. On the head- just pow, pow, pow. Even with knees.”. After the brutal attack on her husband who was unarmed, not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol and had not even committed a crime, Nair began filming. Police threatened Nair Rodriguez, telling her if she did not stop recording she would be arrested and continued to harass her for identification as she pleaded with police and paramedics who had arrived to tend to Luis to tell her whether or not her husband was dead. The police would not allow Luis’s family to speak with him on the scene despite his obviously critical condition. One officer, still badgering Nair for her ID offered to hold her phone while she retrieved her driver’s license; He immediately ended the recording and confiscated Nair’s cell phone. Luis Rodriguez was eventually taken to Midwest Regional Medical Center where Nair and Luinahi were still prevented from seeing Luis and were denied information on his condition. Luis Rodriguez died from his injuries and was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office; No one informed Nair and Luinahi of this. Law enforcement and medical staff even lied to them about Luis’s whereabouts for several hours. Luis’s wife and daughter were denied the opportunity to see Luis one last time and say their goodbyes.
For more than a week, police refused to return Nair Rodriguez’s cell phone containing the graphic video of her severely beaten and dying husband being mistreated by police. The incident was captured on security cameras at the Warren Theater which police also refused to release until rather recently. The video confirms witness testimony that the five men tackled Luis, kneeing him in the head and beating him excessively long after he had been subdued. The four officers involved in the inexcuseable beating received four months paid time off and are now back on the street where they can go on brutalizing innocent citizens. Nair and Luinahi Rodriguez have filled a civil suit against the police department of Moore, Oklahoma and the Warren Theater for negligence, excessive use of force, depravation of rights, assault & battery, fail to train, supervise & control, infliction of emotional distress and punitive damages.
Luis Rodriguez never had a run-in with law enforcement prior to this; He was know as a hard-working electrician and God-fearing family man who was nicknamed “Pastor” by many friends and members of his church.
The following video was taken outside the Warren Theatre in Moore, Oklahoma on the evening of February 14, 2014 by Nair Rodriguez following the attack on Luis Rodriguez by police and contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.