Attorney For Moore Police Officer Shares New Details On In-Custody Death

 

Luis Rodriguez

 

 

” New details were revealed Wednesday night on a key piece of evidence involving a metro man who died in police custody. News 9 showed cell phone video of part of the incident. Now, we’re learning what’s in a second video that shows the entire thing.

  Luis Rodriguez died Feb. 15 after a family fight in the parking lot of the Warren Theater in Moore. His wife took cell phone video of some of the police involvement and now the attorney for one of the Moore officers explains what he saw in the theater’s surveillance video.

” We have nothing to hide,” said attorney Scott Adams.

  Adams is representing Moore Police Officer Ryan Minnard. Adams says he watched the surveillance video with Moore Police’s Internal Affairs Division when they interviewed Minnard.

” Officer Minnard walks up, says, ‘Hey we are investigating a crime here, need your identification.’ Subject refuses, starts to take off, gets into a fighting stance,” said Adams.”

 

   Luis Rodriguez is dead because he refused to identify himself and things escalated from there but according to the “Know Your Rights” there are 27 states that have passed “stop and identify” laws , and Oklahoma is not on that list . The entire issue is very murky and surrounded by controversy due to the vagueness of term detention and the laws vary by state and at times are overruled by federal law so it is a nightmare of confusion to know exactly where you stand with regards to the demand “papers please” .

 

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The states in red have “stop and identify” laws on the books

     According to other sources you are not required to provide ID unless you are under arrest , which Mr Rodriguez plainly wasn’t until after he refused to provide his ID and attempted to walk away . Unfortunately as with all things involving the authorities , they are free to do as they please and we must fight them after the fact , an admittedly difficult task when one considers the complicity of the courts .

 

 

” In the United States, interactions between police and citizens fall into three general categories: consensual (“contact” or “conversation”), detention (often called a Terry stop, afterTerry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968)), or arrest. “Stop and identify” laws pertain to detentions.”

 

 

    For a better idea of exactly how difficult it is to know your rights during a police interaction read this . Regardless of the individual laws and whether the Moore police were correct in their behavior the fact remains that a father is dead a woman widowed and a child is fatherless because of a family spat , all at the hands of the State .

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