Samuel Dubose‘s murderer, University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, and his fellow police officers are all a bunch of liars. That’s the only conclusion to be made when comparing the official police report to what can been seen in the jarring, body cam video of the traffic stop that ended with the 43-year-old fatally shot in the head.
In a press conference Dubose’s sister, Terina Allen, gave the most emotionally powerful argument about the importance of having the recording from Tensing’s body camera.
“If it were not for that video camera, Sam would be no different than all of the other [unindicted police shootings of black men], because the second officer was ready to corroborate every lie that the first officer said in the report,” Allen said.
Allen raised the important point that Tensing’s story that he was dragged by the car before shooting—which Deters roundly rejected and cannot be seen anywhere in the video—was backed up by his fellow officers.
Reading the initial police report after having watched the video is a frightful lesson on the lengths to which officers will go to protect one another.
In the report, Tensing tells the reporting officer—Eric Weibel—that “he was attempting a traffic stop … when, at some point, he began to be dragged by a male black driver who was operating a 1998 Green Honda Accord.”
“Officer Tensing stated that he almost was run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver with his duty weapon,” Weibel’s report continues.
Later, “Tensing repeated that he was being dragged by the vehicle and had to fire his weapon.”
What can be seen in the video is Tensing firing as soon as the vehicle starts rolling. Dragging? Nope. He does fall backwards and chase after the car, though.
People like to believe “no snitching” is a problem in crime-ridden, urban (read: Black) neighborhoods. However, even the biggest drug kingpin will drop dime when presented with a jail sentence akin to a football score.
But a cop can kill a man in cold-blood and his fellow cops will easily lie on an official report. Are those lying cops going to be indicted too, or nah?
Photo: Cincinnati PD