Even the police say that the worst Luis Rodriguez did was "fail to cooperate" when asked for his identification. But five officers still felt it was necessary to pepper spray the man and tackle him to the ground, crushing him and causing his death in front of his family.
Rodriguez's wife, Nair, videotaped the incident with her phone and can be heard crying and begging police for an explanation. Around 0:53, the officers seem to realize something is wrong and all stand up, giving each other anxious looks as the man's body lays perfectly still.
Nearly as disturbing as Nair's emotional distress is the nonchalance of the officers. At 1:15 in the video, one officer even appears to make a callous shrugging gesture towards Nair's camera, as if to say, "what do you want from me?"
The family has made the raw video available to the public, but be warned it is extremely distressing, particularly Nair's heartbreaking screams when she realizes her husband has been killed.
The incident grew out of a domestic dispute in front of a movie theater, where the five officers (already responding to an unrelated public intoxication call) witnessed Nair slapping her daughter. Nair says her husband was trying to act as a "peacemaker" when the officers --three local police and two security guards-- killed him.
Three of the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.
Videos like this are becomingly increasingly common in an era of omnipresent cameras, but according to research on officer attitudes towards police brutality, those on the force don't see it as that big of a deal.
Via FOX 25 OklahomaThis article has been edited to more precisely describe the actions of the arresting officers and to reflect the fact that two of the officers involved were security and not police.