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Former Officer Ray Tensing Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Of Sam Dubose
Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati cop who fatally shot Sam Dubose in the head, has entered a not guilty plea.
A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.
Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing wore a striped jail uniform at his arraignment Thursday. Bond was set at $1 million.
Tensing was indicted Wednesday in the July 19 death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters scoffed at Tensing’s claim that he was dragged by DuBose’s car, saying the officer “purposely killed him.”
Tensing’s attorney says his client feared for his life and didn’t intend to kill DuBose.
“This officer was wrong,” Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said, adding that officers “have to be held accountable” when they’re in the wrong.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters scoffed at Tensing’s claim that he was dragged by DuBose’s car, saying the officer “purposely killed him.” Using words such as “asinine” and “senseless,” the veteran prosecutor known for tough stands on urban crime called it “a chicken crap” traffic stop.
“It was so unnecessary,” Deters said. He added that Tensing “should never have been a police officer.”
Mayor John Cranley said the way officials have handled the case could help make Cincinnati a national model for “the pursuit of justice.”
But Emmanuel Gray, an organizer with the activist group Black Lives Matter, said at a rally Wednesday evening that the body camera video made the difference in how the case was handled.
“If there was no camera at that scene, the media and everybody would have taken the word of Tensing and the other officers,” he said.
Tensing, 25, who was jailed Wednesday and has a court appearance scheduled Thursday, was fired soon after the indictment was announced.
What do YOU think about his non guilty plea???It’s not at all surprising, even with the body camera Tensing’s going to be adamant that he was defending himself against the UNARMED black man.