When Nair Rodrigues got into an altercation with her 19-year-old daughter outside the Moore Warren Theater in the early hours of February 15 and slapped her, a bystander reported the event to police. But when officers showed up, they beat on Nair’s husband Luis until he lost consciousness and died.
The incident, which was caught on video, began with the mother-daughter disagreement, which upset Mrs. Rodriguez so much that she had stormed off to the family car. When her husband Luis followed to calm her down, he was intercepted by five police who arrived on the scene. Instead of confronting Nair, these five cops took down her innocent husband Luis; beating, pepper spraying and pinning him on the road.
“Five guys got on top of him, beating him ruthlessly. On the head— just pow, pow, pow. Even with knees,” Luis’ daughter explained. “When they flipped him over you could see all the blood on his face, it was, he was disfigured, you couldn’t recognize him,”.
Unable to believe her eyes, and after her attempts to explain and intervene had failed, Nair Rodriguez took out her phone and recorded the final moments of the police brutality where she can be heard screaming and demanding officers to stop as her husband appears lifeless.
“Luis! Luis!” Please somebody tell me that he is alive,” she implored. “He is not moving,” she screams.
The police responded to Ms. Rodriguez by telling her they had called a medical unit.