On Friday, University of Cincinnati campus police officer Raymond Tensing, 25, was arraigned after being charged with the murder of 43-year-old Sam Dubose. Tensing’s court appearance comes 11 days after a traffic stop where he fired a single round that struck Dubose in the head, killing him. The confrontation was over a missing front license plate. Dubose was unarmed.
Tensing’s police report claimed he was dragged by Dubose’s car and almost got ran over. The body cam he wore refuted that claim. He shot Dubose after it appeared he was switching on the ignition. The body cam footage shows the car careening down the street until it crashes, ending with Tensing yelling for medical assistance.
Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters quickly came to a conclusion after reviewing the evidence. He also characterized the lethal encounter as an “asinine act.”
“It was so unnecessary for this to occur,” Deters said in one report. “This is the first time that we’ve thought, ‘This is without question a murder.’”
Dubose’s mother Audrey offered her forgiveness to Tensing after the indictment and sounded satisfied that he’s being held accountable.
“I’m so thankful that everything was uncovered,” Audrey said in a news conference. “I thought it was going to be covered up.”
The indictment is a rarity among cases involving police shootings. Of the 558 fatal shootings to occur this year, this is only the fourth to result in the indictment of the police officer. Tensing faces life in prison if he’s convicted. He’s plead not-guilty arguing self-defense.