(CINCINNATI) — A police officer who killed a man in Cincinnati during a traffic stop will be charged with murder, the Hamilton County prosecutor said Wednesday, noting, “This was the purposeful killing of another person.”
“I’m treating him like a murderer,” prosecutor Joseph Deters said during a news conference when describing the warrant out for a police officer who killed Samuel DuBose, 43, earlier this month.
Footage released Wednesday from a police officer’s body cam lasts about 10 minutes and shows the shooting.
“I have been doing this for 30 years,” Deters said. “This is the most asinine act I have ever seen a police officer make.”
Deters said he was “shocked” when he saw the video and his heart broke for what the video would mean to the community.
“It’s just bad. It’s just bad what he did and it shouldn’t have happened,” Deters said.
The University of Cincinnati canceled classes Wednesday as the city braced for the release of video footage showing the shooting of DuBose.
Footage from university police officer Ray Tensing’s body cam was released along with the result of the grand jury’s investigation. If convicted, Tensing could receive life in prison, Deters said. Deters said there’s no evidence race was an issue in the killing, when asked by reporters.
“This guy didn’t deserve to be tased and he certainly didn’t deserve to be shot in the head,” Deters said of DuBose.
DuBose was killed during a traffic stop on July 19 near the University of Cincinnati’s campus, authorities said, noting that DuBose was stopped because his car did not have a license plate in the front.
The officer “wasn’t dealing with someone who was wanted for murder,” Deters said. “He was dealing with someone without a front license plate.”
DuBose apparently refused to provide a driver’s license, produced an open alcohol bottle and a struggle ensued, during which Tensing was knocked to the ground, UC Police Department chief Jason Goodrich said during a news conference last week.
Goodrich said the officer fired one shot into DuBose’s head.
Deters called what sparked the shooting a “chicken-crap stop.”
“I could have used harsher words,” he said.
Tensing is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, Goodrich said last week.
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