The attorney for former University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing says he believes the officer feared for his life and was dragged by Samuel DuBose’s car during a July 19 traffic stop that turned deadly. “The guy jams the keys in the ignition,” Stew Mathews tells CNN. “Turns the car on, jams it in the drive and mashes the accelerator. He wasn’t slowly pulling away. (Tensing) feared for his life. He thought he was going to be sucked under the car that was pulling away from him. He thought he was going to get sucked under and killed.” Mathews says a body camera worn by another officer will show Tensing, 25, on the ground. Tensing was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge in the shooting death of DuBose during the traffic stop.
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University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for shooting Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop this month.
If convicted, Tensing could go to prison for life, said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters in a press conference. Deters played body camera footage of the shooting that appeared to contradict Tensing’s version of the incident.
“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make — totally unwarranted,” said Deters. “It’s an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless.”
The prosecutor, who said he was shocked when he first saw the video, was adamant DuBose had not acted aggressively toward Tensing.