When a “cop shoots driver” story involves a white police officer and a black victim, it becomes a national story.
A Cincinnati cop pulled a man over for not having a tag on the front of his car. The cop happened to be white, and the driver happened to be black. If the races had been reversed, this incident would’ve remained a local story.
It’s hard to judge exactly what happened just by watching the cop’s body cam, but it doesn’t look like the driver did anything to warrant getting shot in the head. The cop claims that he was dragged by the car after his arm got stuck in the door, and that he had to shoot the driver for the cop’s own safety.
I don’t buy that. It looks more like the cop overreacted when the driver decided to try to flee. I’m not condoning anything the driver did, but I think not having a front tag isn’t worth pursuing a driver in a high-speed chase, and certainly not shooting him in the head.
Now, the cop’s being indicted on murder charges. The Blaze reported:
A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.”
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand jury indictment at a news conference to discuss developments in the investigation into the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old motorist Samuel DuBose by Officer Ray Tensing.
Officials also announced on Wednesday that Tensing has been fired.
Tensing has said he was dragged by DuBose’s car and forced to shoot after he pulled over DuBose for a missing front license plate, according to a university police report. Tensing said in his radio call to a dispatcher that the car almost ran over him and he fired one shot, striking DuBose in the head.
Deters said Wednesday that Tensing’s contention that his arm got stuck in the car was “nonsense.”
The officer wasn’t dragged by the car, Deters said. “He fell backward after he shot (DuBose) in the head.”
Officials released video of the deadly incident on Wednesday.
Here’s the footage from Tensing’s body camera: