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