University of Cincinnati Police Officer Indicted for Killing Motorist Samuel DuBose

Written by on July 30, 2015

Ray Tensing, a white police officer employed by the University of Cincinnati, has been indicted by a grand jury for the shooting death of Samuel DuBose, a Black motorist that he pulled over for a missing front license plate.

The prosecutor’s office in Hamilton County, Ohio has released graphic and damning raw footage from Tensing’s bodycam, which shows the incident and also seems to contradict the version of events that Tensing gave to explain why he shot DuBose.

Tensing, currently jailed on murder charges, is the first officer in Cincinnati charged with murder for killing someone in the line of duty.

This is a rare moment where legal justice has been meted out due to video evidence of a horrific crime against a Black body. The indictment also came down quickly; the shooting took place just over a week ago on July 19.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters remarked, “It’s an absolute tragedy that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless. It’s just horrible.”

More information is available at and the New York Times.

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