He released a statement Tuesday:
“I've been informed that the family of Luis Rodriguez announced they are filing a federal lawsuit surrounding his death. Until the lawsuit is presented, it would be difficult to speculate on their allegations. We stand by those officers and believe their actions were appropriate and lawful in the response to the actions of Mr. Rodriguez.”
Scott Adams, the attorney for a Moore Police officer who was on duty that day also released a statement:
“This has been investigated for many months and all officers cooperated fully. It was looked at with an independent eye by the OSBI, Medical Examiner's Office, and the Cleveland County District Attorney's Office..
All came to same conclusion that the officers were not criminally responsible.
Unfortunately, they are in dangerous jobs and have to make split second decisions and, unfortunately, in this instance, someone passed away.
These officers used the appropriate amount of forced given the circumstances. I can assure you no one was criminally responsible and to think there was a conspiracy is ludicrous.
In this country, it seems we are becoming anti-police and that the tide has turned in respecting law enforcement. They are involved in a dangerous jobs and they have to make decisions in an intense environment and I think sometimes they don't get the credit they deserve.”
A spokesman at Tuesday's press conference, Marcus Bivens said the family of Rodriguez is starting a foundation in his honor.The 'Luis Rodriguez Not in Vain Foundation' will reportedly act as an advocacy organization designed to work with and help community members get past racial and cultural barriers. Bivens also repeatedly stated the family wanted everyone to understand that they do not think all law enforcement is brutal or oppressive. However, they are searching for answers during this time of loss.