A wrongful death complaint filed by the parents of a deceased participant at the Imagine Music festival – EDM.com


A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Fernando Octavio Rodriguez, an Imagine Music Festival attendee who is believed to have died near the event after meeting with police.

On September 20, 2019, law enforcement was summoned to an intersection near the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where a naked man was reported wandering, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Police confronted Rodriguez and knocked him unconscious at least 16 times when he refused to comply, according to the complaint. Although the results of Rodriguez’s toxicology report are not yet available, his lawyers believe he may have been under the influence to the point where he was unable to follow officers’ instructions.

Police then reportedly knelt on Rodriguez’s neck while apprehending him for at least 10 minutes, during which time he stopped breathing. When paramedics arrived around 10:30 p.m., they said Rodriguez was “unresponsive, not breathing or having a pulse,” lawyer Page Pate said.

Fernando Octavio Rodriguez, who is believed to have died of cardiac arrest following a meeting with the police following the Imagine Music festival.

“During Fernando’s arrest, he was in extreme pain and suffering, both physically and mentally, having been repeatedly stacked by the defending officers and unable to breathe due to the actions of the defending officers.” , added Pate.

After being rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, medics were unable to save Rodriguez, who died two days later from a combination of anoxic brain damage, cardiac arrest and respiratory failure. Upon closer examination, his death was determined by a medical examiner as a homicide resulting from his meeting with the police, according to AJC.

Rodriguez’s family have asked a jury to hear the case. Five officers are named in the civil lawsuit with Henry County and the Town of Hampton.


Gerald R. Schneider