Ohio cop in­dicted on mur­der charge in traf­fic-stop shoot­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

AU­ni­ver­sity of Cincinnati of­fi­cer who shot a mo­torist dur­ing a traf­fic stop over a miss­ing front li­cense plate has been in­dicted on mur­der charges, a pros­e­cu­tor said Wed­nes­day, adding that the of­fi­cer “pur­posely killed him” and “should never have been a po­lice of­fi­cer.”

Hamil­ton County Pros­e­cu­tor Joe De­ters an­nounced the grand jury in­dict­ment at a news con­fer­ence to dis­cuss de­vel­op­ments in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the July 19 shoot­ing of 43-year-old mo­torist Sa­muel DuBose by Of­fi­cer Ray Tens­ing.

Tens­ing has said he was dragged by DuBose’s car and forced to shoot af­ter he pulled over DuBose for a miss­ing front li­cense plate, ac­cord­ing to a univer­sity po­lice re­port. Tens­ing said in his ra­dio call to a dis­patcher that the car al­most ran over him and he fired one shot, strik­ing DuBose in the head.

De­ters said Wed­nes­day that Tens­ing’s con­tention that his arm got stuck in the car was “non­sense.”

The of­fi­cer wasn’t dragged by the car, De­ters said. “He fell back­ward af­ter he shot (DuBose) in the head.”

De­ters said a war­rant has been is­sued for Tens­ing’s ar­rest. Tens­ing’s at­tor­ney, Stewart Mathews, didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn phone mes­sages seek­ing com­ment af­ter De­ters’ an­nounce­ment.

Mathews said ear­lier Wed­nes­day that he thought an in­dict­ment was likely “given the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate” and com­ments made by city of­fi­cials. But Mathews said given the ev­i­dence he’s seen, he doesn’t be­lieve there should be an in­dict­ment.

Body-cam­era video of the shoot­ing was also be­ing re­leased Wed­nes­day, the pros­e­cu­tor said. DuBose’s fam­ily had been press­ing for its re­lease, and news or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing The As­so­ci­ated Press had sued De­ters to get it re­leased un­der Ohio open records law.

The Univer­sity of Cincinnati on Wed­nes­day closed its main cam­pus in an­tic­i­pa­tion of grand jury ac­tion in the case.

De­ters called the shoot­ing “sense­less” and “asi­nine.” “He pur­posely killed him,” De­ters said. “He should never have been a po­lice of­fi­cer.” De­ters said when he saw the video of the shoot­ing, he was shocked.

“And I re­al­ize what this was go­ing to mean to our com­mu­nity, and it re­ally broke my heart be­cause it’s just bad,” De­ters said.

“I feel so sorry for this fam­ily and what they lost,” De­ters said. “And I feel sorry for the com­mu­nity, too.”

If con­victed, Tens­ing could face up to life in prison.

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