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Friday, February 28, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Cops Kill Innocent Man As His Wife Looks On

      A disturbing video of a police incident in an Oklahoma parking lot shows a man who  had committed no crime dying after being roughed up and violently restrained by four cops--all while his grief-stricken wife watched in horror. The man, 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez, died in a Moore, Oklahoma movie theater parking lot. Police were responding to a reported domestic disturbance. Rodriguez's wife admitted to slapping the couple's 19-year-old daughter in the face over a disagreement about the girl's behavior. Rodriguez, however, was not involved and had not done anything wrong….

     But when police arrived, they wanted to question Rodriguez. According to the Moore Police Department, Rodriguez was not cooperative, and cops were forced to handcuff and restrain him. [Pursuant to today's highly militarized, hair-trigger form of policing, you have to be very careful around cops. There are many ways they can kill you.]

     Cell phone video shows the immediate aftermath of the restraining process. Several cops can be seen pinning Rodriguez face-down on the ground. One officer kneels on his back while others hold his arms. He does not move or speak at this point, and it's unclear whether he is still alive. The officers seem unaware that anything is wrong, however, and continue to keep him pinned….

     The footage was shot by Mrs. Rodriquez…."You killed my husband!" she shouts, and then begins to cry….

Robby Soave, "Horror: Cops Tackle, Beat, Pepper-Spray, Pin, Suffocate, Kill Innocent Man," The Daily Caller, February 25, 2014

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