Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced Wednesday that University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing has been charged with murder for the July 19 death of Sam DuBose.
Deters called the shooting “totally unwarranted” and said he’s prosecuting Tensing like any other accused murderer.
“I’m treating him like a murderer,” he said. “He purposefully killed him.”
Tensing stopped DuBose for a missing front license plate, but the situation quickly escalated and Tensing shot the 43-year-old father in the head. Initially, Tensing said he was being dragged by DuBose’s car, but video evidence from the officer’s bodycam contradicts his claim.
“He was not dragged. He was simply slowly, rolling away,” Deters said during a press conference announcing the charges. “This might happen in Afghanistan or somewhere. People don’t get shot for a traffic stop.”
“Could you imagine the outrage you would have if this was your kid, if this was your brother, over a stop like this?” Deters said. “And he didn’t do anything violent towards the officer. He wasn’t dragging him. And he pulled out his gun and intentionally shot him in the head.”
During his presser, Deters also said the University of Cincinnati Police force should be disbanded because universities shouldn’t be in the business of policing.
Tensing has turned himself into the Hamilton County Sheriffs office and he will be formally arraigned Thursday morning.