A Cincinnati cop will be charged with murder in the shooting death of Samuel Dubose, 43. Officer Ray Tensing shot and killed Dubose during an altercation following a traffic stop earlier this month.
Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced a warrant for Tensing’s arrest during a news conference on Wednesday.
“I’m treating him like a murderer,” Deters said. “This was the purposeful killing of another person.”
Tensing stopped Dubose on July 19 near the University of Cincinnati’s campus, police said, because Dubose was driving a car with license plate on the front.
The officer “wasn’t dealing with someone who was wanted for murder,” Deters said. “He was dealing with someone without a front license plate.”
THe city is bracing for violence after footage from Tensing’s body camera was released to the local media today.
Deters said he was “shocked” when he saw the video.
“I have been doing this for 30 years,” he said. “This is the most asinine act I have ever seen a police officer make.”
He added: “It’s just bad. It’s just bad what he did and it shouldn’t have happened.”
Deters described the traffic stop as a “chicken-crap stop.”
“I could have used harsher words,” he said.
EDIT: In an earlier version of this post, I described the altercation between Dubose and Tensing based on the events described by ABC News. It isn’t clear if ABC News viewed the video prior to publishing their version of the altercation before Dubose was shot.
After watching the video myself, I deleted ABC’s version of the altercation as it clearly conflicts with what I saw in the video.
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