WATCH: Cop Beats Man in Walmart for Continuing to Shop after Store had Closed

Carlos Miller

The man did not speak English and did not understand what the cop was saying which is what led to the beatdown.

A Hispanic family who did not speak English was attempting to pay for their items at a Florida Walmart Sunday night when a cop told them it was too late to make their purchases because the store had already closed – even though checkout lines were still filled with shoppers making their final purchases.

But the family was having trouble understanding the cop, according to a family member, which resulted in the cop escalating the situation into a bloody beatdown.

Naturally, the Jacksonville police officer who was working security that night blamed the victim for the attack so Yoel Rodriguez is now facing a felony charge of battery on a law enforcement officer.

But video recorded by witness along with statements from several witness indicate the cop was the one who struck first. It also shows the cop shoving the shopping cart into Rodriguez's son, who appeared to be no older than four years old, as he escalated the interaction with Rodriguez.

The cop then grabbed Rodriguez's arm which led to the man pulling his arm away. Twice.

"Don't touch me," the man said in Spanish.

That led to the cop punching him in the face, then taking him down to the floor where Rodriguez left a puddle of blood.

Walmart shopper Olivia Newton was a witness and said Walmart had announced on the intercom that they were closing but the family apparently did not understand. She posted three videos to Facebook with the following description:

Walmart was closing they made an announcement over the intercom because they did not speak English they did not know what was goin on , a Walmart employee proceeded to asks them to check out as yu see they were already in the check out line (SELF CHECK OUT ) (All LINES WERE FULL) , also as they keep saying they don’t speak English instead of the Walmart employees finding a way to communicate they called the police over he proceeded aggressively at the man as well , the man & his wife continued to say they don’t speak English , at that point the officer put his gloves on continued to ask the man to leave (not trying to find the right way to tell him so he can understand) called back up , the proceeded again to tell him to leave the man still not understanding at that point the officer push the buggy into the child (WHAT PARENT WOULDNT BE MAD WHEN U SEE YOUR CHILD HIT & CANT UNDERSTAND WHATS BEING SAID ) & the SITUATION ESCALATED

According to News4Jax, "large portions of the arrest report that likely contain more context were redacted by JSO" which is usually a sign of a coverup.

An eyewitness who didn’t want to be identified said it all started when he and his wife were waiting in the same long checkout line as Rodriguez.

“[Rodriguez’s] wife was in line. He went off to get something and came back,” the witness told News4Jax.

The witness and his wife said employees walked over to Rodriguez to tell him the store was closed and that he couldn’t keep shopping. The arrest report states the same, but according to the witness, it was obvious that Rodriguez didn’t understand what they were saying to him in English.

“If he had any English, it would have been a one or two-word English vocabulary,” the witness said.

Then the officer showed up and the situation turned violent.

“I don’t know exactly what the cop said, but I think he was telling him he had to leave. He wasn’t going to get to pay for his stuff. ‘I just need to pay. I just need to pay.’ The cop kept trying to grab his arm and he was like, ‘Don’t touch me. Why are you touching me? Don’t touch me.’ And the cop just whaled back and just popped the dude in the nose," the witness said. "That cop should have never been called. I think he’s 40 percent at fault because he punched the guy. But Walmart should have never escalated it to the point where they’re harassing one of their customers, just because he’s grabbing something extra while his wife’s waiting in line.”

Although it is not evident in the video nor has it been corroborated by any witnesses, the president of the local police union, Steve Zona, posted the following on Facebook, claiming Rodriguez "hit the officer's arm," which under the current legal system, gives the cop the license to kill you.

It is abundantly clear that the defendant in this case not only hit the officer’s arm but he was actively pulling away and resisting the officer.

We are thankful that the officer was able to overcome the resistance and prevent severe injury to the defendant, injury to himself, or injury to innocent bystanders.

We have always supported complete and thorough investigations based on facts and evidence rather than sensationalism and inference. We are confident that any JSO review will be thorough and fair. As always, we will defend the officer’s rights to due process during any policy review, if necessary.

“They tell me the officer asked Yoel to leave, but Yoel didn’t understand what was going on. He was just shopping. I don’t understand why the officer did what he did,” Yoel’s nephew, David Rodriguez, told News4Jax.

Watch the video above which includes a portion in slow motion of what led to the beatdown.

Comments (41)
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JoeStrange
JoeStrange

I teach my Hispanic friends how to inform police that they will comply.
"Say, 'Nazi Pig...Nazi Pig'..."

PapaPsych
PapaPsych

Don't care if he doesn't speak english, he knew in his home country not to fuck around with police like that. Try that shit in europe where Refugees can claim they didn't know forcibly raping a child was illegal even though they would be killed in their home countries for doing so.

Jason perez
Jason perez

I do see maybe the man should of been more compliment but no excuse for beating on him like that especially in front of his wife and son. No child should have to see his father get beaten by a police officer.

J.S.
J.S.

So let me start by stating I am a middle aged white male. According to some this makes me privilaged.

But I grew up in poverty. My mother was fighting terminal cancer as a single mother and we werer on welfare because she was to sick to work. I grew up in minority neighborhoods with many hard working hispanic families and law abiding, good people of ALL races.

Police brutality and victimization run rampant. This officer was OFF-DUTY! He grabbed this man's arm, legally an ASSUALT & BATTERY. The hispanoc father had every legal right to defend himself against an ASSAULT. That officer STOPPED ACTING in his CAPCITY as a police when he first committed an assualt.

However, if you live in poverty areas you see this type of conduct. This officer was BLACK that does not make it okay. It also does not make all black people bad.

Please we need to not he distracted by skin color....police brutality is an issue for all races ajd the poor people can't afford the lawyers to sue the police like wealthier people can.

Bad people will always seek positions thqt give them power to abuse. We ALL need to demand accountability. Thank god for cameras to show us the truth, and thanks to the BLACK lady who recorded the video. She did not intervene, but she did something better...she gave the truth to US ALL so that we can not tolerate the lies by the police officer. Last, please NEVER listen to anything POLICE UNIONS say...they care nothing for the laws that protect people and will protect bad police with all their money and power.

Please DEMAND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. Do not get distracted by skin color. Thank you and god bless this family and I hope with all my heart they are able to heal from this traumatic experience.

quick6977
quick6977

THE TAXPAYER HAS TO START BUYING COPS THE NAME BRAND STEROIDS, THE CHEAP KNOCK OFF BRANDS JUST KINDA BLOW UP IN THEIR BRAINS ONE DAY AND SOMEONE DIES OR IS INJURED,,, i guess...?

quick6977
quick6977

SO the cop used sign language. He pulled down a sign and beat the living crap outta this guy with it. How many people would find it difficult to sign that this (store-wave of hands) is (CLOSED)CLASPING HANDS. point (YOU) POINT AT DOOR (LEAVE!) point at watch (now!)
oH wait, maybe the cop was using STEROID sign language!!! That is prolly within department policy... and if he survives the message, and still doesn't understand, maybe try elementary sign language as described. Note: VICTIM MUST BE CONSCIOUS FOR THIS PROTOCOL TO BE EFFECTIVE!

Ashlie1987
Ashlie1987

That ain’t shit new y’all never liked us. Look what y’all did to a black pregnant woman in Chicago just driving thru the neighborhood she was drugged out beaten to death her and her unborn baby died and y’all did the same thing to a black man and his son so y’all are just racist as these white people

Arabe brazil
Arabe brazil

If it was the opposite and the cop was mexican they would sent him to jail and them racist hoes over there talking about BLM would done something like cry and scream for the cop to leave the victim

Cold hearted 19655
Cold hearted 19655

This is why u stick up for ur kind cause at the end of the day no one else will n black cant say their racist cause i know sum that are

Venus 07
Venus 07

I saw it on Tic Toc

Venus 07
Venus 07

Also my family no more walmart I'll go to Target

Venus 07
Venus 07

I stopped walking 2 weeks ago when my husbands aunt was attact while selling flowers. 3 black guys beat her and robbed her. She is 58 years old our family is outraged about it. Then I see this and the woman taping laughing. Ooooooo I wanted to punch her in the throat. I'm done helping and supporting this drama in the streets. I should have been with her in stead of marching. Ya that what her family was doing when they beat and robbed her. No more I'm only standing by my husband and making sure his people get the freedom and respect they are OWED PERIOD 😡💯

Cecilens
Cecilens

If they were into the market, the market close the Door but they Have to continue offering service to the People that are into yet.

ma661e
ma661e

im truly disappointed. they repeatedly stated that they didn't understand English, instead of going out and finding help, they beat the man. yes, the man was getting angry, but i would be too if someone shoved something into my child. Yes, he was resisting but I would too, he did nothing wrong. But nobody is gonna talk about this because its all about BLM rn, when it should be about everyone's lives. I feel absolutely horrible and sick to my stomach seeing this officer do this to this poor man, in front of his child who isn't any older than 3 or 4. im so disappointed in this world.

Mikemiller528
Mikemiller528

Are you freaking kidding me the women is yelling out in spanish to “help her man” and the girl says “na ahhh baby with laughter black lives matter” F*ck you. I’ve been marching with the BLM movement for weeks and this is what you say towards a Hispanic man who is a minority like you? Horrible.

Dariana
Dariana

This is the only story where a Hispanic/Latino man got injured but we don't hear about cause were not black were Hispanic/Latino and only black lives matter now. And the fact that people say only white people can be racist discussing me. Also the woman saying Black lives matter needs some help. Cause Only black people experience racism. No we need people to speak up for other people of color Hispanics,Asians,Muslims, and many more. And free our children

Dariana
Dariana

This is not okay oh wait are you wondering why no one is speaking about this oh yea it's cause he's not black cause now days you have to be black for people to be by your side and help you fight for rights. HISPANIC LIVES .MATTER

Lspaez1974
Lspaez1974

Why aren’t we saying anything about this? Everyone is ignoring the situation. Is it because he is Hispanic? Oh! I forgot, we don’t have any rights. We are supporting black live matters. Why isn’t anyone supporting us? Come on people. Latinos lives matter too. This country has been built by immigrants too.

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Nati123
Nati123

Exactly like hell no you could of help them but no you ignorant!!

Gburgham
Gburgham

That cop better be fired . Let’s sign
A petition

Kendall2020
Kendall2020

We need to really do this! Start the petition to fire the cop! Call the governor! Start our own movement! Latin lives matter! I’m tired of having to carry a birth certificate when I take my kids to the bus stop! Enough is enough! This cop needs to be fired!

Venus 07
Venus 07

I'm with you all the way. We have to do something staying quite no more.

Bitchplease80
Bitchplease80

what the fuck is she going to do? And this country was built on the backs of slaves, those must be the immigrants that you all are talking about.

Agb
Agb

If the cop and the employees new that the store was closed then why did they let them check out their items
Also if everybody around them knew the family didnt speak english then why are you yelling at them when you know they dont understand a word they are saying
If they only speak spanish ,then get someone who speaks spanish to tell them to stop shopping ...
Instead of punching the guy in the face and pushing the cart into a 4 year old boy just get someone who speaks Spanish...

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

when you have a language barrier, you need to have patience and refrain from assaulting your victim!
charges will be dropped! and Walmart and the blue lies mafia will be held liable for the criminal actions of this blue lies mafia thug! also i am guessing that this POS thug is no longer working security at that store......
as for the BLUE LIES MAFIA UNION, it needs to be removed from any and all orifices that it has oozed itself into immediately! all they are good for is protecting criminal thugs that have no business wearing a badge!
FUCK THE BLUE LIES MAFIA! YOUR TIME OF TYRANNY IS OVER!

insyht10
insyht10

Black cops are lower than meter maids

Think 4 urself
Think 4 urself

But the cop was black, so the msm will ignore this.


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