Former University of Cincinnati police officer, Ray Tensing has been indicted for the murder of Samuel DuBose, after Tensing’s body camera footage showed a much different version of events than the one he wrote in his report.
According to authorities, on July 19 Tensing spotted Dubose’s car missing a front license plate, which is required in the state of Ohio. Tensing then proceeded to pull Dubose over.
From their the version Tensing tells investigators and the body camera footage greatly contradicts.
Tensing says that he asked Dubose for his license and he refused. When Tensing ordered him out of his vehicle he also refused. Tensing then tried to take him out of the car by force, and he said he was dragged a short distance before shooting Dubose in the head.
The body camera footage shows that Dubose did tell Tensing he didn’t have his license on him. Tensing tells him to undo his seat belt at which point tensing pulls out his firearm and tries to open Dubose’s door. There is a struggle as Dubose tries to keep his door closed. You hear a gunshot and see the car roll a short distance down the street before coming to a stop. With a dead man behind the wheel.
Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters had this to say about the incident,
“He fell backward after he shot (DuBose) in the head,” Deters said, adding that it was a “chicken crap” traffic stop.
Tensing’s attorney Steward Matthews was shocked by the indictment for murder,
“I kind of expected he would get indicted for something, but I certainly didn’t think it would be murder,” attorney Stewart Mathews said.
Tensing has turned himself in and was processed on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Tensing could face life in prison if convicted.
Matthews said a video from the body camera footage of an officer arriving to the scene shows Tensing laying in the street after he claimed to have gotten his hand free from the door of the vehicle. That video has not yet been release by authorities. Matthews blames the “political climate” for his client’s conviction.
“With the political climate in this country with white police officers shooting black individuals, I think they need somebody to make an example of,” Mathews said.
Deters said that the shooting was “senseless” and “asinine.”
“He purposely killed him,” Deters said. “He should never have been a police officer.”
Deters also said that it may be time to close the University’s police department, or rather “reconsider” it’s role.
“I don’t think a university should be in the policing business,” Deters said.
I’ve already heard comments from conservatives saying that if Dubose had only “followed orders…” I am convinced that there no hope for people who think like that, even if they’ve lost a loved one to the police.
Here is a the video.