Luiz Rodriguez and his wife and 19-year-old daughter had planned to spend an evening together at a movie theater in Oklahoma. But things got complicated after mom Nair and their daughter began fighting and Nair slapped the teen. Police were called to end the "domestic dispute" at the theater, but instead of focusing on mom and daughter, they wound up restraining Luiz. The man died, possibly as a result of his encounter with the cops -- and the entire odd and sad episode was caught on video by his wife.
Nair has accused the police officers of brutality and can't understand why they pepper sprayed her husband and dragged him to the ground when she and her daughter were the ones involved in the dispute. According to the mom, Luiz had been trying to calm her down after the fight and didn't deserve to have five officers holding him to the ground.
But the officers say Luiz refused to produce ID when asked and was confrontational. They claim their actions were not unreasonable given how "combative" he had become.
Nair pulled out her phone as police had Luiz on the ground, but the footage begins when he's already face to the concrete, so it's impossible for us to determine how "combative" he had been. Nair can be heard screaming in the video and then questioning why he was not moving. A cop finally approached her and let her know an ambulance had been called to check on Luiz.
Until an autopsy is performed, it's impossible to determine the exact cause of Luiz's death. Judging solely by this video footage, it doesn't seem like the cops are using excessive force, but it's very difficult to get a clear picture of what exactly is happening to the man on the ground.
What a sad and terrifying story. A young woman has lost her father and a woman lost her life companion -- over what was probably a silly dispute. I hope this family receives answers and closure as soon as possible.
Here's the video footage captured by Nair:
What do you think about the details of this heartbreaking and strange story?
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