150721-sam-dubose-cincinnati-shooting_088e9d246ec2d9675f9dd7c18ad1ae4c.nbcnews-fp-360-360Six months after Sam Dubose was shot and killed by University of Cincinnati (UC) police officer Ray Tensing, his family has reached a million-dollar settlement with the school.

According to Cincinnati.com,  the agreement includes:

• payment of $4.85 million to the DuBose family.

• tuition-free UC undergraduate education for DuBose’s 12 children, which is valued at approximately $500,000.

• an on-campus memorial to DuBose.

• an apology from UC President Santa J. Ono.

• and an invitation for DuBose’s family to participate in Community Advisory Committee meetings aimed at creating comprehensive reform in the university police department.

In a statement announcing the settlement, UC President Ono addressed the family, saying, “I want to again express on behalf of the University of Cincinnati community our deepest sadness and regrets at the heartbreaking loss of the life of Samuel DuBose.”

In response to the settlement, DuBose’s sister, Terina DuBose-Allen, stated:

“We’re not happy, we’re not satisfied – those aren’t the words. The settlement means we’re moving forward and we can heal.”

A pre-trial hearing date for Tensing has been set for February 11. The officer, who has since been fired from UC, has been charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty.

 

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    I hope that the officer involved in the killing of Sam DuBose is convicted. Many of the parts of the settlement are positive. Yet, we know that we have a long way to go. The officer must be convicted. Laws must be changed locally, state wide, and nationally. There must be a change in the structures of society when people can have their rights protected and maintained. So, we are still in the struggle for real justice.