by Danny Cross and Nick Swartsell
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Hamilton County prosecutor: Tensing purposely killed Dubose
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters today announced that a grand jury has indicted University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing for the killing of Samuel Dubose during a traffic stop on July 19. Tensing will be arrested and charged with murder. If convicted, he will face life in prison.Deters had harsh words for Tensing, calling his shooting of Dubose “the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make” and stating that Tensing should never have been a cop in the first place. Deters repeatedly told members of the media that he could not speak candidly about his feelings, at one point calling the traffic stop itself “chicken crap.” Deters said he was shocked by the video and sad for the community. “I couldn't believe it,” Deters said of the body cam footage. “I just could not believe it.”WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGEOfficials played a portion of Tensing’s body cam video at the press conference. The entire video will be made available, Deters said. Deters’ description of the encounter sharply contradicts Tensing’s story. "This does not happen in the United States," Deters said. "People don't get shot for a traffic stop. ... He was simply rolling away."During the press conference, Deters referenced a latter portion of the video showing officers after Tensing shot Dubose discussing what had happened. Deters expressed skepticism toward some of Tensing’s comments after the incident, including his arm being caught in the car. Police will investigate collusion with other officers, Deters said.“He said he got his arm stuck in the steering wheel,” Deters said. “You just have to watch it.”“I think he was making an excuse for a purposeful killing of another person,” Deters added. “That’s what I think.”Tensing’s initial explanation was that Dubose started to drive off during a traffic stop in Mount Auburn over a missing license plate, nearly running him over. Tensing says he was then forced to shoot Dubose in the head because he was being dragged by the car and his life was in danger. Tensing said he suffered minor injuries when he fell to the ground as Dubose’s car rolled away. Dubose's family said they were thankful for the grand jury's decision."I thank God that everything is being uncovered," said Audrey Dubose, Samuel's mother. "This one
did not go unsolved and hidden."Audrey Dubose pledged to continue fighting against police injustice, calling for body cameras for all police departments. She said many others have died at the hands of police unnecessarily. "My son was killed by cop unjustly," she said. "I gotta know many more are killed unjustly. I'm going to be on the battlefield for them."City leaders delayed a scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. in order to let the Dubose family speak after Deters. Officials praised the grand jury's decision, saying that the city simply wanted truth about the incident to come out. Mayor John Cranley called for demonstrators to remain peaceful if they took to the streets. City Manager Harry Black said the Cincinnati Police Department will soon get body cameras similar to the one that played a pivotal role in the Dubose shooting investigation. University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono, meanwhile, revealed that Tensing had been fired from the University of Cincinnati Police Department. He also responded to an earlier suggestion from Deters, who said the school should disband its police force and let CPD patrol campus. Ono said the school has not yet considered that option.More than 500 people including Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry Black and State Sen. Cecil Thomas attended Dubose’s funeral services at Church of the Living God in Avondale yesterday, where the father, musician and entrepreneur was laid to rest. His mother and other family members remembered him as a kind and loving man who nevertheless had a deep, sometimes complicated independent streak. Dubose was buried at Landmark Memorial Gardens in Evendale. Until today, Deters had declined to release video footage, a decision that caused protests. Deters said the protests did not affect his decision to finally release the footage. He lauded the protesters for being peaceful and praised the Dubose family. City Manager Black had been briefed on the video and called it “a bad situation,” saying, “someone has died who did not necessarily have to die.” Mayor Cranley met with the Dubose family this morning. Tensing, 25, hasn’t had major disciplinary actions on his record and his superiors have spoken highly of him. He started at UC last year after serving with the Green Hills Police Department, where he started as a part-time officer in 2011. Tensing has retained Stew Matthews, a Cincinnati attorney, for his defense.During the press conference, Deters called for the disbanding of the University of Cincinnati police department. He said he has spoken with UC’s president and Cincinnati police about disbanding the unit, replacing it with CPD. “I just don’t think a university should be in a policing business,” Deters said. “I just don’t. I think CPD should be doing the entire campus.” Black Lives Matter has scheduled a rally for 6:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has
declined to release police body cam footage showing events that led up
to the death of Samuel DuBose.
Family and friends await details about the police shooting death of Samuel Dubose in Mount Auburn
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
20, more than 100 mourners gathered in the small, isolated section of
Mount Auburn in the shadow of Christ Hospital where Samuel Dubose died
the previous day.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
ResponsibleOhio, the $20-million campaign
to legalize marijuana, learned on July 20 that its petition fell nearly
30,000 signatures short of putting a proposed constitutional amendment
on the ballot Nov. 3.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Cincinnati Health Commissioner Noble Maseru said the city intends to
work toward greater equity in life expectancy among races, though he refused to admit
that reducing the life expectancy of whites would make this happen
by German Lopez
Former governor dies, facial recognition program criticized, county prosecutor mocks court
Former Gov. John Gilligan, a Cincinnati Democrat best known for winning the creation of the state income tax, died at 92
yesterday. Gilligan’s most lasting accomplishment was also what doomed
his career; the state income tax was unpopular when it passed, even
though it allowed Gilligan to boost funding for education, mental health
and law enforcement programs. Gilligan’s political career began in
Cincinnati Council. From there, he rose to U.S. representative and then
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio yesterday asked Attorney General Mike DeWine to shut down a facial recognition program
used by law enforcement until state officials verify and develop safety
protocols that protect Ohioans’ rights to privacy. DeWine formally
unveiled the program in a press conference yesterday. It allows police
officers and civilian employees to use a photo to search databases for
names and contact information. Previously, law enforcement officials
needed a name or address to search such databases. The program has been
live for more than two months and so far used for 2,677 searches, but until now it was kept hidden from the public and hasn’t
been checked by outside groups for proper safety protocols.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters stepped down as Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter’s attorney and
called her handling of the court a “judicial circus.” Hunter has been
mired in controversy ever since she took the bench: She was found in
contempt by a higher court, and she’s been sued multiple times by media,
including four times by The Cincinnati Enquirer. Deters, who
under state law had to legally represent Hunter, said the legal troubles
were too much, but his stepping down also complies with Hunter’s wishes
to find her own hand-picked attorney.
The University of Cincinnati is one of the top colleges where students can get the most out of their money, according to PolicyMic.
UC performs better than average in the graduation rate, debt at time of
graduation, percentage of undergraduate students receiving Pell grants
and starting salary after graduation, yet the school manages to stay
only slightly above the national average for tuition and board and room
Mayor Mark Mallory previously approved eliminating city parking requirements,
which should allow residential development projects to greatly reduce
or completely toss out parking space mandates downtown. “The goal of the
ordinance is to encourage development in the urban core by permitting
developers to determine their own parking needs for downtown
developments,” said Councilwoman Yvette Simpson. “I firmly believe that
the market will work to meet parking demands better than government
minimum parking requirements.”
The tax changes passed in the state budget earlier this year, including an income tax cut and sales tax hike, will go into effect on Sept. 1. The changes have been criticized for favoring the wealthiest Ohioans, as CityBeat covered in further detail here.
Gov. John Kasich approved tax credits
that are expected to create more than 591 jobs statewide, with at least
40 of the jobs being created at the Benjamin Steel Company in
Nearly one in five workers at Ohio casinos has quit or been fired. High turnover isn’t unusual in the casino business, but the numbers give a clearer glimpse at the volatility.
Piloting a military drone can apparently take quite the psychological toll.
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
As county and state officials move to
investigate and potentially prosecute voter fraud cases, local groups
are pushing back, warning that the investigations could cause a chilling
effect among voters.
by German Lopez
Posted In: News
, Gun Violence
at 12:13 PM | Permalink
Considerable research suggests it wouldn’t help
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre,
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters suggested to WCPO TV that teachers “trained to
handle a weapon” should be armed.
The idea isn’t surprising coming from the Republican
county prosecutor. In the onset of tragedies like the one in Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., conservatives tend to counter
liberal cries for more gun control by saying the United States actually
needs more guns. They argue an armed society deters and is more
effective in stopping criminals.
The problem is the idea contradicts broader scientific
research. Following the attack at Tucson, Ariz., that nearly killed
former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, economist Richard Florida
looked state-by-state into what factors correlate with gun violence.
He found no correlation between gun violence and mental illness, higher
stress levels, neurotic personalities, higher unemployment or
inequality. However, his research did find that the places with the most
gun control tend to have less gun violence.
Researchers at Harvard Injury Control Research Center found another correlation:
Whether looking at countries or states, more guns means more homicides.
More specifically, men and women in places with more firearms are at a
larger risk for gun-related homicide.
The University of Pennsylvania tackled the issue from a different angle
in 2009: The researchers looked at gun assault cases to see if gun
owners were more or less likely to be shot. They found people with guns
were 4.46 times more likely to be shot and people who had a chance to
resist were 5.45 times more likely to be shot.
In 2009, ABC News ran a 20/20 special
that used a simulation to gauge whether armed civilians can stop
attacks. The simulation placed trained and armed students into a
classroom, where they thought they would be getting additional
firearms training. In the middle of the lecture, an armed gunman broke
into the classroom and began shooting the teacher and students with fake
rounds. In all the examples shown, none of the students were able to
stop the gunman before taking shots that would have been deadly in a
real scenario. Essentially, being trained in the use of a firearm was
not enough to prepare someone for the high levels of distorting stress
experienced in a real crisis.
In their defense, conservatives typically point to a few stories, including one in which a gun-toting Florida senior stopped an armed robbery at an Internet cafe.
But are a few feel-good stories enough to trump scientific research?
After all, one of the main purposes of the social sciences is to sort
through outliers and find real tends with strong evidence.
Looking at the facts and research available, perhaps it’s better
to focus on mental health services and gun control than it is to arm
school teachers and staff, as suggested in CityBeat’s Dec. 19 news commentary.
CityBeat could not immediately reach the
prosecutor’s office for comments through phone or email. This story will
be updated if comments become available.
Janaya Trotter to run against powerful Republican for county prosecutor
3 Comments · Tuesday, March 20, 2012
If Janaya Trotter is successful, she
would be both the first woman and the first African-American prosecutor
in Hamilton County’s history. Trotter, 31, is a lifelong county
resident who graduated from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P.
Chase Law College in 2008.
8 Comments · Tuesday, February 8, 2011
We're not sure if Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters pays The Enquirer to handle his public relations, but he should. In a stunning example of Deters spinning his previous statements and the newspaper ignoring its previous article on the topic, The Enquirer reported Feb. 2 that Deters was angry and upset about a contract approved by county commissioners for use of an outside law firm.