Wednesday, July 29, a grand jury returned an indictment of murder for University of Cincinnati officer, Raymond Tensing in the shooting death of Samuel “Sam” Dubose, 43. Prosecutor Joe Deters for Hamilton County stated in press conference following the indictment, “This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make,” in reference to the video from campus officer Tensing’s body camera. CNN was one of many media sources to televise Mr. Deters’ reaction to both incident and the grand jury’s decision Wednesday afternoon.
On July 19, Mr. Dubose — the father of 13 — was stopped on his way home by Officer Tensing on a routine traffic stop for a missing license plate. Less than two minutes later, Sam Dubose had been shot in the head. According to the report filed by Officer Tensing following the incident, Mr. Dubose was supposed to have attempted to escape, dragging Tensing in the process. A different account was shown by the video from Tensing’s body camera which proved the officer’s report false, as seen in its entirety at WLWT-5 in Cincinnati. Legal experts appearing on CNN were further concerned that Tensing’s report was supported by his partner.
Prosecutor Joe Deters, somberly facing the media in that press conference said, “I’ve been doing this for over 30 years … [it was] totally unwarranted. It’s an absolute tragedy in the year 2015, that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless. And, I met with the family just moments ago. It’s just horrible.” Criminal defense lawyer, Mark O’Mara, readers may remember as having defended George Zimmerman in his murder trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, weighed in. O’Mara said Wednesday, “You can’t look at that video and say that that police report follows the video. It doesn’t. It … contradicts it. So, my concern — having done this for a long, long time — is just that; that, you know, you look at police reports, and they can on occasion be self-serving — this one obviously was. And, if there wasn’t a video available, I do not believe you would have had an indictment.” This time around, Mr. O’Mara is representing the victim — the Dubose family.
Within ten days of that tragic incident, the Dubose family has received a ruling. Unlike so many other similar cases where unarmed black victims have been fatally shot by a white police officer, the officer responsible for the loss of Sam Dubose is being held accountable. Following the indictment, Sam’s mother, Audrey Dubose said, “I’m so thankful that everything was uncovered.”
Raymond Tensing has been fired from UC police force and turned himself in to be processed on charges handed down by the grand jury’s indictment. His bail has been set at $1 million. Meanwhile his attorney, Stewart Matthews, attempts to respond to those discrepancies between his client’s police report and his body-cam video.