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Five Moore, Oklahoma police officers attacked and killed Luis Rodriguez in front of his wife and daughter as his family left a movie theater on Valentine’s Day. Luis was unarmed, innocent, and a threat to no one.
Police Chief Jerry Stillings said that his officers did nothing wrong that day—but he seems to ignore that his officers’ overreaction caused the death of an innocent man and traumatized his family.
Tell Chief Stillings to fire the officers who killed Luis Rodriguez.
Below is the message we’ll send to Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings on your behalf:
I’m calling on you to fire the officers who needlessly escalated an encounter with Luis Rodriguez, leading to his untimely death. Luis was an innocent family man whose life ended as a result of your officers. That isn’t justice. I urge you to hold the involved officers accountable immediately.
You can sign the petition here.
Here is a local report from a few days ago:
CNN also reported about it:
An autopsy may reveal more about why Luis Rodriguez died, and surveillance camera footage of the encounter in the movie theater parking lot may reveal what happened before his wife pulled out her cell phone camera.
What police describe as normal procedure, lawyer Brooks-Jimenez describes as something brutal and possibly deadly—pepper spray to the face and the weight of five men on top of him.
CNN has reached out to Brooks-Jimenez for further comment.
Lewis, from the Moore Police Department, said that three officers from his department who were involved in this incident have been suspended with pay while the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reviews the incident.
The two game wardens working security that day at the theater are continuing in their normal roles, according to Holmes of the state wildlife department.
An autopsy on Luis Rodriguez was conducted on February 16, said Amy Elliott from Oklahoma’s office of the chief medical examiner. His body was released four days later, but Rodriguez’s full report won’t be released until toxicology results come in, adds Elliott.
Regardless of when that happens, the Rodriguez family may have to wait for closure.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation doesn’t anticipate it will make any findings for months, according to spokeswoman Jessica Brown.