Ex-cop thought of black driver: ‘He’s go­ing to run me over’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A white for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer ac­cused of mur­der tes­ti­fied Tues­day that he feared for his life when he shot an un­armed black mo­torist in the head dur­ing a traf­fic stop and that the Con­fed­er­ate em­blem he was wear­ing at the time meant noth­ing to him.

Ray Tensing, who was fired by the Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati af­ter the July 2015 close-range shoot­ing of Sam DuBose near the cam­pus, wept as he tes­ti­fied and paused at least twice dur­ing his tes­ti­mony. Tensing said his arm was stuck in the car and the car was turn­ing to­ward him.

“I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘Oh my God ... he’s go­ing to run me over and he’s go­ing to kill me,’” Tensing said.

Tensing’s de­fense rested its case later Tues­day. Last week, in tes­ti­mony con­tra­dict­ing Tensing’s ac­count, an ex­pert hired by prose­cu­tors said his anal­y­sis of the for­mer of­fi­cer’s body cam­era video shows the of­fi­cer was not be­ing dragged by the car.

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