Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters: Ray Tensing “Should Never Have Been A Police Officer”

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Here are the latest developments:

  • — Officer Ray Tensing has turned himself in.
  • — Officer Tensing’s body-cam footage has been released (see below).
  • — Samuel DuBose’s family held a press conference in which his mother Audrey said, “I can forgive him. I can forgive anybody. God forgave us.”
  • — A lawyer representing the DuBose family has asked the community to respond in a “peaceful and nonaggressive” manner to the news of Officer Tensing’s indictment.

University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for shooting Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop this month.

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“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make totally unwarranted,” said Deters.

“It’s an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless.”

The prosecutor, who said he was shocked when he first saw the video, was adamant DuBose had not acted aggressively toward Tensing.

“People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent towards the officer — he did not. He did not at all. I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost, and I feel sorry for the community, too,” Deters said.


“He purposely killed him,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said. “He should never have been a police officer.”

Ohio’s governor has expressed his condolences for the family of a motorist killed at a traffic stop, along with his confidence in the justice system.

Gov. John Kasich’s spokesman, Rob Nichols, issued a statement after announcement of the murder indictment against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing in the July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose.


Nichols says Kasich is confident that justice would be served in the case.

If convicted, Tensing could go to prison for life, said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters in a press conference.

Deters played body camera footage of the shooting that appeared to contradict Tensing’s version of the incident.

WARNING: The body-cam video may be disturbing to some viewers.


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