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.
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.
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.
Florida 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