Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer that shot and killed 43-year-old Black man Samuel DuBose, had his bail set at $1 million by a Cincinnati judge earlier today. Tensing is the first officer in the city to face a murder charge while in the line of duty, this after he shot DuBose at point-blank range in the head after a routine traffic stop earlier this month.
Tensing, 25, placed a not guilty plea at his arraignment hearing before Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan. After Judge Shanahan’s announcement of the bail, people within the courtroom applauded loudly according to a report from Reuters.
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Tensing was indicted on Wednesday on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 19 death of Samuel Dubose, 43, who was shot in the head during a traffic stop. The man, who turned himself in and spent the night in jail in isolation, appeared in court in gray striped prison clothes.
The incident was the latest in a series of fatal police confrontations across the United States that have raised questions about police use of force against minorities.
A body-camera video Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters played for reporters on Wednesday showed how the traffic stop escalated into deadly violence. After failing to provide a driver’s license at Tensing’s request, Dubose tried to prevent Tensing from opening the car door as the officer ordered him to remove his seat belt.
A report from Cincinatti.com adds that police in the city are prepared for widespread protests and riots, but adds that city officials say that policing and racial tensions have improved since a 2001 riot that was sparked by the killing of an unarmed Black man by police.
DuBose’s family said they were relieved that Tensing was given the hefty charges he faces and praised the work of the city prosecutor and the uncovering of the video evidence that led to the indictment of the former officer.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters called the DuBose murder one of the most “asinine” things he’s ever seen an officer do.
Photo: Hamilton County Justice Center