Officer Indicted For Murder In Cincinnati

Yesterday, the City of Cincinnati was preparing for disgruntled citizens to take to the street in response to the release of a police officer’s body cam video and a grand jury’s decision. The University of Cincinnati even closed its main campus in anticipation. But today, there will be no protests for an arrest in the killing of Samuel DuBose.


Samuel DuBose

On July 19, 2015, University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing pulled 43 year-old Samuel DuBose over for a traffic stop. Samuel was driving a green 1998 Honda Accord without a front license plate. Tensing shot DuBose in the head.

Officer Ray Tensing’s body camera captured the moment when he killed Samuel DuBose  With the release of the body cam video, also came an indictment for murder in what a prosecutor called a shooting that was “unwarranted” and “senseless.”

A Hamilton County grand jury returned the indictment. Tensing has turned himself in.

Ray Tensing

Ray Tensing, charged with murder

Joseph T. Deters, the county prosecutor, stated at a press conference that Officer Tensing “purposely killed” Samuel DuBose after the officer lost his temper in what he called a “chicken crap” traffic stop.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years. This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make, totally unwarranted. He purposely killed him. He should never have been a police officer.”

Samuel DuBose is the father of 10.

If convicted, Ray Tensing can be sentenced to life in prison.

Family_of_Samuel_Dubose_hires_George_Zim_3228780000_22058758_ver1.0_640_480Florida attorney Mark O’Mara represents Samuel’s family. Mark O’Mara was the lead defense attorney for George Zimmerman who was charged and acquitted of second-degree murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin.  I suppose it can be said that O’Mara represents a family that is also supported by the Black Lives Matter movement.


Prosecutor announces indictment


Body cam video


Mark O’Mara speaks


R.I.P., Samuel




Posted on 07/29/2015, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Sam DuBose and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. I am spitting mad that this family is represented by Mark O’Mara. I see it as a slap in the face and I can’t get past that point, full stop! Are we that forgiving and why would a family in Ohio need the “help” from the guy who got gz off by replaying the same fears over and over that led to their own son’s/family member’s murder?

    Sorry for me, it overshadows everything and I can’t help but to think what Sybrina and Tracy might be feeling as THEY are the natural, true allies to the Dubose family, not Mark “Birth of a Nation” O’Mara. Baby Jesus help me!

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    • While I don’t understand their decision to hire MOM, it was the family’s decision and it was their loss. I have to respect their decision.

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    • Hey Princess6. I hear you, but know what? Did you take a look at O’Mara’s face? It’s been 2 years since the verdict in Zimmerman’s case, and the lines in O’Mara’s face look chiseled as if it’s been 10 years. Maybe his conscience is bothering him, or maybe he’s had a change of heart. Maybe he realizes that he got a loose cannon off. Or, maybe it’s all of the aforementioned, or none of them.

      I forget the news source now, but they have a video of O’Mara saying good things about Samuel. I only wish that he had thought about Tracy and Sybrina when he disparaged Trayvon.

      There’s nothing more for O’Mara to do now for Samuel’s family. I don’t think he practices in civil rights to represent them on a wrongful death lawsuit, but I could be mistaken.

      Another way of looking at it also is that Samuel’s family retained a lawyer who used his White privilege to make sure there was an investigation — a quick investigation — an investigation that led to indictment.

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      • Two sides to a story

        I noticed that about his face. And it appeared he was not happy with GZ when he ended up in the public eye for his escapades and West took over. And it’s true that the DuBose family may have wanted a high-profile white attorney who has a reputation for winning cases.

        It also bugs me that he played GZ’s case in the media online and in the media when he said he wouldn’t do that and he had a big hand in demonizing Trayvon. Shame on him. Hopefully he learned a lesson.

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        • Two sides,
          We need Roderick to contribute to O’Mara’s astrological make-up. I don’t know the time and place he was born, but his sun-sign is the same as Trayvon’s — Aquarius. I wonder if a living Aquarian who demonizes a dead Aquarian for the sake of setting a killer free ends up being the living dead?

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      • roderick2012

        It’s called karma.

        I bet Trayvon is haunting MOM 24/7/365.

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    • butterflydreamer2


      I agree with you!!!.

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  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    How awful. I am beside myself with no explanation. What is it that a member of law enforcement feels that they can just kill people – black citizens – whenever they darn well please? A traffic stop! I am speechless.

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  3. Let me add…I feel like it is the Charleston 9 welcoming Dylan Roof at Emmanuel AME and we ALL know how that ended.

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    A precious life lost…10 children now without their because an officer went wild and had the dark heart to lie afterward.

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  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    Samuel’s mother thankful to God “that all was uncovered” and “that everything was reveal.” She knows the Lord loves Samuel. She is ready to join “the battlefield” to help all the others, but reminds everyone that God is with them in the movement battle:

    Published on Jul 29, 2015 by WLWT
    Audrey Dubose reacts following the indictment of UC Police Officer Ray Tensing

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  6. Thank God there was a body camera… least one of the other officers involved will also have to face the music for their lies when at least one made a report saying he witnessed the officer being dragged and the tape proved otherwise and the officer finally admitted he lost his balance when he fired and was never dragged.

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    • Towerflower. Your comment speaks volumes. It hits on the real issue — that of cops lying. If the shootings are justified, there’s no reason for them to lie.

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  7. Two sides to a story

    Xena, what strategy do you think the officer’s defense attorney will use? I hope I’m not going to hear that this was an accident or watch the victim getting demonized again.

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    • Two sides, there will no doubt be a strategy of clairvoyance. Defense will say what Samuel intended to do. It will say what the officer thought Samuel was doing or intended to do. And yes, there will be demonizing of the victim.

      But just read Princss6’s comments, and we see what type of reputation that gives to defense counsel who uses clairvoyance and demonizing of the deceased so the killer walks free. It’s not a good reputation.

      By the way, where is Jose Baez these days? See what I mean?

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      • Two sides to a story

        On the other hand, where is Mark O’Mara these days? Playing on the right side of history this time, I guess. I wonder if he ever regrets the nasty stuff he did while defending GZ.

        Oh, I hope the jury isn’t all pro-police and won’t buy into the illusions that will be presented! As we learned from the Kelly Thomas case, even a shocking murder and a trial don’t equal justice. But the tide may be turning as more and more cases surface.

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        • As we learned from the Kelly Thomas case, even a shocking murder and a trial don’t equal justice.

          The verdict in the trial of those two officers absolutely shocked me.


      • At one time the officer said “I felt like I was being dragged”, which is what they all say “I was afraid for my life” Easy say, hard to prove, but usually works every time. 😦 .


        • Yeah — “I felt like I was being dragged, by the gun when I pulled it and shot him in the head causing his foot to hit the gas.”


    • No doubt he was “Reaching for a Weapon,” that happened here where I live, the Cops had a kid at gunpoint with his hands up, the last cop to show up claims he was “Reaching for the gun in his waistband” and 5sec after he got there he opened fire. None of the other cops who already had him at gunpoint fired, including the Sergent who was talking to the kid. “Reaching for a Weapon” is always their fallback position, hopefully it won’t work this time.

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      • While they may try the tape shows otherwise…..he lets him rummage through his glove compartment and retrieve the unopened bottle of gin off the floorboard….all hiding places for a potential gun….and he never once pulled his gun nor screamed show me your hands or don’t reach for anything. He was even complying by undoing his seatbelt when his foot slipped and car moved forward slightly and the cop lost it. Mr. DuBose was killed instantly and had no control of how his body reacted….meaning the sudden acceleration of the car and the revving of the engine was the aftermath of his death and not before….muscles may relax forcing the weight of his foot onto the accelerator.

        I wonder why he didn’t put the car in park….I’m going to have my cop friend about that one.

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  8. yahtzeebutterfly

    Photo from today:

    “Samuel DuBose, a son of the deceased Samuel DuBose, speaks to the crowd during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing were announced” AP photo(J. Minchillo)

    My heart aches for his children, his mother, and all of his loved ones. May God watch over them.

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  9. yahtzeebutterfly

    So many vigil and memorial candles have been lighted for so many victims. It has been so heartbreaking.

    Multitudes across the country have joined the movement for justice and equality. The numbers continue to swell in BLACKLIVESMATTER matter movement!

    A change must come!

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    As I recall these two cops were the ones who lied to support Tensing’s lie:

    deray mckesson retweeted
    Evan Millward ‏@EvanMillward 2h2 hours ago
    Per @PrezOno: UCPD Officers Kidd & Lindenschmidt on paid administrative leave pending investigation. They responded to #SamDubose shooting.

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    It seems we never have a chance to rest and catch our breath before another unjust killing takes place.

    So much sadness.

    So many families of victims in pain.

    So many people who are identifying with the victims and praying for the safety of their own children and loved ones.

    So heartbreaking.

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  12. yahtzeebutterfly

    Good Afternoon, Everyone.

    Xena just contacted me with a message that she is feeling badly this afternoon and will not be posting comments for awhile.

    Feel free to post any news updates here or updates and comments on the open discussion page just before this one.


  13. Deter had some harsh words against people of color in a previous arrest.

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  14. yahtzeebutterfly

    Ava DuVernay ‏@AVAETC 5h5 hours ago
    “#SamDubose was done a disservice by releasing edited footage. This unedited video ignites a different fire. My God.”

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    • That lying *&#$&*(()&%!!!!! piece of *%#*!!!! It’s not good to bear false witness. He’ll regret it for the rest of his life.

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      • Linda Andersen

        I started to watch the video, then stopped. Sorry, but I’m too chicken-shit. I’m one of those people who does the one-eyed squint during gory parts of a movie. I’ll take everyone’s word for it. This cop is an ass.


    • oh god


    • i noted in the full video how the one skinhead officer says we gather all the witnesses that were officers and get them inside a cool car to let them cool off…….reality is so they can all discuss their planned LIES…….


  15. Same cop

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    • I saw this yesterday and was so angry! The whole thing is totally a lie. If he was hurt so bad why did he stick around. Being dragged? I wanna see his clothes! I wanna see photos of this pig’s Injuries. He could of done it himself for all we know. UGH!!!


  16. yahtzeebutterfly


    “Shannae Figgs, left, Sam DeBose’s cousin, comforts DuBose’s mother, Audrey, as she prays during a vigil at the Hamilton County Courthouse, on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. ~ AMANDA ROSSMANN — The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP

    nswartsell ‏@nswartsell 24h24 hours ago
    Vigil for #SamDubose”


  17. yahtzeebutterfly

    Lisa Bloom ‏@LisaBloom 4h4 hours ago
    Sam DuBose had air freshener, not alcohol, in bottle in his car. Not that it’s particularly relevant.


  18. yahtzeebutterfly

    From indépendant review and investigation:

    The fatal shooting of Samuel Dubose during an off-campus traffic stop on July 19 never should have occurred. This incident, which resulted in a tragic loss of life, was entirely preventable.

    See the entire review at the link below:

    Review and Investigation of Officer Raymond M. Tensing’s Use of Deadly Force on July 19, 2015: University of Cincinnati Police Department


  19. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Trial of former UC officer Ray Tensing delayed again”
    DEC 15, 2015


    CINCINNATI — A judge Tuesday gave both sides more time before setting a trial date for a University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder, frustrating the mother of the black motorist he shot.

    Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan scheduled another pretrial hearing Feb. 11 in the case of Ray Tensing, after his attorney and prosecutors said they would exchange expert witness reports and other potential evidence by Jan. 29.


  20. yahtzeebutterfly

    “University of Cincinnati Agrees to Pay Samuel DuBose’s Family $4.8M”


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