Police Officer Involved in Cincinnati Shooting of Samuel DuBose Indicted for Murder

Posted on July 29, 2015

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by Bradley Matthews, editing by Alex JS

(7/30) The Latest: Cop pleads not guilty in traffic stop slaying

CINCINNATI (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the case of the July 19 fatal shooting of a motorist after a traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati police officer (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing wore a striped jail uniform at his arraignment Thursday. Bond was set at $1 million.

Tensing was indicted Wednesday in the July 19 death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters scoffed at Tensing’s claim that he was dragged by DuBose’s car, saying the officer “purposely killed him.”

Tensing’s attorney says his client feared for his life and didn’t intend to kill DuBose.

DuBose’s death comes amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Tensing is white and DuBose is black. Authorities so far have not focused on race in the death.

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8:30 a.m.

The NAACP says the indictment of a white University of Cincinnati policeman in the shooting death of a black driver after a traffic stop illustrates the kind of action needed when excessive force is used against unarmed people.

A murder charge was announced Wednesday for the officer, Ray Tensing, in the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose. Tensing’s attorney says the now-fired officer didn’t intend to kill DuBose.

A statement from NAACP President Cornell William Brooks calls the indictment “encouraging” but notes it’s merely the start of a potentially long legal process. He says the organization will closely monitor the case as it seeks accountability in that case and others involving excessive force.

Tensing’s initial court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

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2 a.m.

Some of the sharpest criticism of a police officer after the slaying of an unarmed black man is coming from top law enforcement and Cincinnati officials this time.

Wednesday’s indictment of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing on a charge of murder in the traffic-stop shooting was applauded by the victim’s family and some community activists. It also won approval from city officials in a city roiled by racial violence that erupted in 2001 after an unarmed black man was killed by Cincinnati police after a string of earlier shootings by officers.

Forty-three-year-old Samuel DuBose’s July 19 shooting death comes amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Authorities so far have not focused on race in DuBose’s death.

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A police officer who killed a man in Cincinnati during a traffic stop has been indicted for murder, the Hamilton County prosecutor said today, noting, “This was the purposeful killing of another person.”

“I’m treating him like a murderer,” prosecutor Joseph Deters said during a news conference when describing the warrant out for a police officer who killed Samuel DuBose, 43, earlier this month.

Footage released today from a police officer Ray Tensing’s body cam lasts about 10 minutes and shows the shooting. Here’s the transcript of Ray Tensing & Sam Dubose‘s interaction (as seen in body camera video):

“I have been doing this for 30 years,” Deters said. “This is the most asinine act I have ever seen a police officer make.”

Deters said he was “shocked” when he saw the video and his heart broke for what the video would mean to the community.

“It’s just bad. It’s just bad what he did and it shouldn’t have happened,” Deters said.

PHOTO: The casket of Samuel Dubose is transported to a hearse during his funeral at the Church of the Living God, July 28, 2015, in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati.PHOTO: The casket of Samuel Dubose is transported to a hearse during his funeral at the Church of the Living God, July 28, 2015, in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati.

The University of Cincinnati canceled classes today as the city braced for the release of video footage showing the shooting of DuBose.

Footage from university police officer Ray Tensing’s body cam was released along with the result of the grand jury’s investigation. If convicted, Tensing could receive life in prison, Deters said. Deters said there’s no evidence race was an issue in the killing, when asked by reporters.

“This guy didn’t deserve to be tased and he certainly didn’t deserve to be shot in the head,” Deters said of DuBose.

DuBose was killed during a traffic stop on July 19 near the University of Cincinnati’s campus, authorities said, noting that DuBose was stopped because his car did not have a license plate in the front.

The officer “wasn’t dealing with someone who was wanted for murder,” Deters said. “He was dealing with someone without a front license plate.”

DuBose apparently refused to provide a driver’s license, produced an open alcohol bottle and a struggle ensued, during which Tensing was knocked to the ground, UC Police Department chief Jason Goodrich said during a news conference last week. Goodrich said the officer fired one shot into DuBose’s head.

Deters called what sparked the shooting a “chicken-crap stop.”

“I could have used harsher words,” he said.

Tensing is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, Goodrich said last week.

PHOTO: Hamilton County prosecutor, Joseph Deters, at a press conference , July 29, 2015, informing the public that the police officer who killed a man in Cincinnati during a traffic stop will be charged with murder.PHOTO: Hamilton County prosecutor, Joseph Deters, at a press conference , July 29, 2015, informing the public that the police officer who killed a man in Cincinnati during a traffic stop will be charged with murder.

DuBose’s mother, Audrey DuBose, said during the news conference today after the indictment was announced that she can forgive Tensing.

“I can forgive him. I can forgive anybody. God forgave us,” she said.

“I’m so thankful that everything was uncovered,” she added. “Because I’ve been a servant of the Lord for as long as I’ve been living on Earth. I know the Lord and I know the wrath of God. Also, I know the love of God. I just thank God everything is being revealed. I knew that he loved my child. I knew that this was going to be uncovered.”

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