On Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office released its report on Luis Rodriguez’s death. In case you aren’t familiar, Rodriguez died on Feb. 15 after being restrained by Moore, Okla. police following a domestic dispute complaint.
The report says Rodriguez’s death was the result of two things: his enlarged heart with an irregular beat and his physical struggle with police. The examiner believes the struggle Rodriguez endured with police was too much for his heart to handle.
What’s especially noteworthy is that the examiner believes Rodriguez’s death should be ruled a homicide. “The manner of death is best certified as a homicide due to the death occurring in association with a physical struggle and during attempted restraint by law enforcement," the report reads.
The report adds the followinf qualifier: “The certifying of the death as a homicide does not imply wrongdoing or criminal intent.”
The officers who restrained Rodriguez during the incident are all on paid administrative leave. The Rodriguez’s attorney views the examiner's ruling as a positive step in the family’s quest to see justice for Rodriguez’s death.
“We were confident all along that this was a homicide,” attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez said. “We are relieved that the medical examiner has confirmed this. We are researching the medical terminology and will have additional statements after our review, likely early next week. Please allow the family the opportunity to accept this news in peace.”
In case you missed it before, here is footage of the restraint that led to Rodriguez’s death: