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What Started As A Family Spat Ends In A Death Due To Police Brutality: All Caught On Tape

Something went horribly wrong in a Moore, Oklahoma movie theater parking lot, leaving a man mysteriously dead and his family as confused as they are in grief.

It began when Nair Rodriguez overreacted to her 19 year-old daughter's antics and slapped her. Nair then went to the parking lot. Her husband Luis went after her to calm her down, according to the family.

What should have been a quiet family moment suddenly went haywire as five men—including police and theater security—responded to a domestic dispute call and swarmed the couple. They began wrestling Luis to the ground, pepper-spraying him in the process.

Nair, in a panic, took out her camera to video the five men on top of her husband and implored the officers to let her know that he was OK, since he had stopped moving. Soon an ambulance arrived and took Luis to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On the video shot by Nair, an officer can be overhead telling her that Luis "got combative" and refused to give the officers his ID. But Nair too can be heard telling them that it was her who slapped her daughter and that Luis was not involved.

Many facts remain to be sorted out, and autopsy results are still pending. In the meantime, three police officers involved in the incident, according to protocol in such cases, have been suspended with pay, and the police chief has defended his officers' actions as being "reasonable."

Worst of all, a woman is widowed and a daughter left fatherless over what appears to be a tragic misunderstanding.

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What should have been a quiet family moment suddenly went haywire as five men—including police and theater security—responded to a domestic dispute call and swarmed the couple.

Nair, in a panic, took out her camera to video the five men on top of her husband and implored the officers to let her know that he was OK, since he had stopped moving.

Soon an ambulance arrived and took Luis to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Michael Brooks-Jimenez, Rodriguez family attorney, describes what happened on the fatal night with Nair Rodriguez standing by his side.

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