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Family Claims Police Officers Beat Father To Death

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The family of Luis Rodriguez, who died in the custody of police officers, is claiming the officers beat him to death.

Nair Rodriguez and her daughter Lunahi got into an argument at the Warren Theater Friday night. Nair slapped Lunahi and then stormed away, reports News9.

Luis -- her husband and Lunahi’s father -- went after her, and that is when they claim police officers confronted Luis and asked to see his identification.

Luis tried to bypass the officers so he could stop his wife from driving in her angered state. The officers responded by allegedly beating Luis to the ground.

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Lunahi Rodriguez said there were five officers and that they beat her father to death right in front of her, in the movie theatre’s parking lot.

"When they flipped him over you could see all the blood on his face, it was, he was disfigured, you couldn't recognize him," Lunahi said.

Nair says when it was all over she knew her husband was dead.

"I saw him. His [motionless] body when people carry it to the stretcher," Nair explained. "I knew that he was dead."

Police are claiming that Luis tried to fight with them and that he was placed in handcuffs, reports NewsOK.

Lunahi contends that Luis did not resist police force and that he was beaten by them repeatedly.

Nair took a video of the altercation, but claims police took her phone from her with the recording on it.

Three of the police officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave while Luis’ death is investigated.

The family plans on seeking legal action.