When police arrived, they say Luis Rodriguez was uncooperative when asked for identification and five Moore Oklahoma police officers took him down. You can hear Luis groaning and those were, unfortunately, the last sounds he appears to make. His wife captured the entire thing on video (warning: this can be very difficult to watch):
What started as a quiet family evening at the theater watching “RoboCop” escalated once Nair Rodriguez got in a heated argument with her daughter and slapped the girl in the parking lot, Nair Rodriguez said. The five officers already were at the theater dealing with two patrons who passed out drunk in an auditorium, police said.
A bystander who witnessed the argument alerted an officer, so when the officers approached the family, all they knew was they were checking on a domestic incident, something they are obligated to investigate, Stillings said.
They approached Luis Rodriguez and asked for ID.
Nair Rodriguez describes her husband as a peacekeeper, and he was the one who was trying to calm her and prevent her from driving away angry. He tried to bypass the officers, and they reacted.
Stillings said Luis Rodriguez took a defensive stance and clenched his fists when officers tried to detain him. It took all five officers to take him down, and pepper spray was used at one point.