Family Of Teen Killed By OKC Police Demand For The Bodycam Footage, Answers


Tuesday, February 2nd 2021, 5:17 pm
By: Hunter McKee


OKLAHOMA CITY -

The family and legal team of 15-year-old Stavian Rodriquez met Tuesday at City Hall demanding answers. Rodriquez was shot and killed by police more than two months ago outside an Oklahoma City gas station.

Attorney Rand Eddy said they still need answers and now, they've filed a lawsuit, requesting police bodycam footage of the shooting.

“We want to see it, we need to see it,” said Eddy.

On November 23, officers responded to a reported armed robbery at a gas station near downtown Oklahoma City. Officers said Rodriguez was a suspect and was shot because he didn't follow commands. However, his family claimed he dropped his gun and did what he was asked. 

Some community leaders think his death was unjustified

“The solution is ending police violence,” said Megan Lambert of ACLU of Oklahoma. “It is ending the pattern of excessive and even deadly force.”

After the shooting, six officers were placed on administrative leave, but Oklahoma City police said they've been working under limited duty as the investigation continues. 

Eddy said they’ve been waiting impatiently for District Attorney David Prater’s investigation to conclude.

“What is the decision going to be in regards to prosecuting all or some or at least one of the officer,” Eddy said.

Some community leaders said the entire department needs to be held accountable.

“That’s what we’re here for,” said Garland Pruitt with the NAACP.

The team said they’re also asking for the resignation of Oklahoma City police Chief Wade Gourley. 

News 9 reached out to representatives for the Oklahoma City Police Department who said they can't comment on ongoing investigations.