AFRICANGLOBE – Hamilton Country Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced Wednesday afternoon that murder charges will be filed against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing for the shooting death of Sam Dubose, an African-American man who was pulled over for a minor traffic violation.
Prosecutor Deters, himself a two-time graduate of the University of Cincinnati, said he was treating officer Tensing as “a murderer,” calling his shooting “the most asinine thing” he’d ever seen on the job.
Dubose was shot directly in the head by Officer Tensing.
“He wasn’t dealing with someone who was wanted for murder, he was dealing with someone who didn’t have a license plate,” Deters said. “If he’s rolling away let him go, don’t shoot him in the head. It was… a chicken-crap pull over [to begin with]”
The long-time prosecutor was unequivocal, “It’s bad what he did and it shouldn’t have happened.” He went on to say Hamilton Country authorities would seek life in prison.
The initial police report by UC police said the officer was dragged by Dubose. The video shows that Tensing simply fell backwards after discharging his weapon at Dubose’s head.
Watch the video below (stop begins around 4:55 mark; warning: disturbing)
By: Adam Johnson