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Ohio cop faces murder charge in driver's killing

4 years 8 months 1 week ago Wednesday, July 29 2015 Jul 29, 2015 July 29, 2015 12:21 PM July 29, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

WARNING - The body camera video attached to this story is graphic in nature.

CINCINNATI - A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges.

Hamilton County's prosecutor says Wednesday that the grand jury indicted Officer Ray Tensing on a charge of murder in the shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose.

Prosecutor Joe Deters says Tensing "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer." Deters says he thinks Tensing lost his temper.

"I have reviewed upward of 100 police shootings, this is the first time I thought without question this is a murder," he said.

Tensing's attorney had said he wouldn't be surprised if his client were indicted given the political climate.

According to a police report, Tensing said he was dragged by the car and forced to shoot. Deters said the officer lied and his body camera's video showed an entirely different situation. He said a second officer on the scene also lied to back up Tensing's story.

Deters said without the video, they likely would have believed the officer.

"This is the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said. "It's an absolute tragedy in 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless."

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