More revelations uncovered at the trial of Cincinnati Police Officer who shot and killed Sam DuBose last year.
The drama continues to unfold as more facts surrounding the Cincinnati police shooting incident are brought to light in the court hearing. The newest discovery in the case points to the fact that the T-shirt Ray Tensing was wearing underneath his uniform had a picture of a confederate Flag printed on it. Could this suggest that his action should be categorized as a hate crime? Well, find out more in the following sources we have compiled to give you full and accurate information on the case.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Evidence shows that a white University of Cincinnati Police Officer was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a Confederate flag on it when he fatally shot an unarmed black man last year.
A photo of the black T-shirt with the flag and the words “Great Smoky Mountains” was presented during a crime scene technician’s testimony Friday at the trial of since-fired Officer Ray Tensing.
Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter for the July 2015 fatal shooting of Sam DuBose, 43, after a traffic stop for a missing front license plate near campus. Tensing contends he was dragged by the car driven by DuBose.
Tensing’s attorney has said he feared for his life as DuBose tried to drive away, using his car as “a weapon.” DuBose was shot once in the head. The defense attorney told jurors that DuBose was desperate to get away because he had enough marijuana in his car to face a felony conviction.
DuBose had a long history of traffic and marijuana-related convictions, but his family says he wouldn’t have been a threat to a police officer.
The prosecution contends that Tensing was lying when he said he was in danger of being dragged to death. Read more.
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The T-shirt was submitted as evidence during the testimony of Cincinnati Police crime scene investigator Jimmy Nghia Duc Pham. Pham testified investigators found a jar containing marijuana within the 1998 Honda Accord DuBose was occupying, three bags of marijuana in the Accord and a “couple” of bags in DuBose’s pockets.
Court took a 10-minute recess following the introduction of evidence gathered by crime scene investigators.
Earlier, a use-of-force expert called by the prosecution testified that Tensing’s decision to reach into DuBose’s vehicle and “knock out” the ignition key “was technically unsound.”
Post Falls, Idaho Police Chief Scot Haug, a recognized use-of-force expert, said DuBose did not pose a threat or serious harm to Tensing at the time he was fatally shot on July 19, 2015. Haug testified that U.S. law says a police officer can’t shoot a fleeing suspect unless there’s a threat of death or serious injury to officers or others.
During cross-examination, Tensing attorney Stew Mathews asked Haug if he would agree the situation was tense, rapidly evolving and uncertain. Haug agreed, but said, “I think the officer, based on his decision at the time, escalated the situation and then reacted to that escalation.” He said DuBose was partially to blame for the escalation.
“There’s certainly not a bright line rule, every situation is a little different,” Haug said.
Haug agreed with Thursday’s testimony from Grant Fredericks, a forensic video analyst, that the 1998 Honda Accord DuBose was occupying was in motion before the shot was fired. Fredericks testified the Accord was moving 0.178 seconds before the fatal shot was fired.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan said partially redacted versions of completed juror questionnaires in the Tensing trial would be released to the public.
The news comes after a public records request submitted by The Enquirer‘s Sharon Coolidge. Shanahan said identifying information in each questionnaire would be redacted and that she personally reviewed each questionnaire to ensure no identifying information would be visible.
The Enquirer sought the questionnaires, which potential jurors filled out, in order to learn more about the jury pool and selection process.
Shanahan also explained to jurors that because the normal legal representation for Hamilton County judges, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, was prosecuting this case, Mark Landes from the law firm Isaac Wiles in Columbus was hired to handle media requests, as The Enquirer had previously reported. Read more.
By now, it is no news that the law enforcement in America act on a law they deem higher than that of the country; that is the ‘law of racism.’ Their supremacist nature dictates to them what actions to take whenever they encounter Black people. This is the reason they do not hesitate to open fire almost anytime they deal with a Black person. Their first point of call is always violence yet they rather accuse Black people of being violent; what an irony? It is obvious the Cincinnati Police Officer enjoyed what he did to Sam DuBose and it was prompted not by being afraid for his life but by the racist symbol he chose to wear so close to his heart. It’s still too early to make suggestions about the verdict but we invite you to stay around as we bring you more updates on the case.