by Derek Scarlino/Love and Rage
CINCINNATI, OH – The University of Cincinnati Police Officer who shot and killed 43-year-old Samuel Dubose has been indicted for murder.
In a press release, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters spoke of Officer Ray Tensing’s conduct, “I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make — totally unwarranted,” said Deters. “It’s an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless.”
Dubose, who was laid to rest on Thursday, was killed during a traffic stop on July 19th. He was unarmed.
The bodycam video of the incident has also been released after initial hesitation to do. Authorities feared unrest like that seen in other American cities over the past year, as well as a similar incident in Cincinnati in 2001.
According to Officer Tensing, he opened fire after allegedly being dragged by Dubose’s vehicle after a brief altercation. The incident report, filed by fellow officer Eric Weibel, wrote: “I could see that the back of his pants and shirt looked as if he had been dragged over a rough surface.”
“Officer Tensing stated he was almost run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver with his service weapon (Sig Sauer P320). Officer Tensing stated that he fired a single shot,” Weibel wrote. “The vehicle came to a final stop at the corner of Rice Street and Valencia Street. From outside the vehicle I could see a black male motionless with a gunshot wound to his head.”
However, according to Prosecutor Joe Deters, the video of the event contradicts this claim as Tensing can be seen falling backward after firing. While the vehicle does move, and later crashes, it was due to the position of Dubose’s slumped body.
“It is our belief that he was not dragged. If you slow down this tape you see what happens, it is a very slow period of time from when the car starts rolling to when a gun is out and he’s shot in the head,” Deters said.
Shortly after the indictment, Tensing surrendered to authorites. He as been fired from his job and if convicted, could face life in prison. Both the family and prosecutor think that the outcome would have been much different if there was no video evidence.
Watch: Censored video of the incident courtesty of WCBO News – Cincinnati: