Now that University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has been charged in the murder of Sam Dubose, it is worth asking why the officers who lied on the police report are not being indicted too.
Sam Dubose was an unarmed African American man who a campus cop pulled over for not having his front license plate on.
By all estimations this was so minor an offense that for a campus cop to be engaged in a traffic stop of this nature is tantamount to open harassment and discrimination.
Mark O’Mara, one of the lawyers representing Dubose’s family, made it clear, “if we didn’t have a video, I do not believe we would have had an indictment.”
“If it were not for that video camera, Sam would be no different than all of the other (police who get away with murder,) because the second officer was ready to corroborate every lie that the first officer said in the report,” Allen continued.
The video revealed that Tensing’s story was a lie.
Tensing claimed that he had been dragged by DuBose, and only after that fired on the driver. But nothing like that happened at all.
That story – that lie – however, was backed up by all of Tensing’s fellow officers who arrived on the scene.
That police report has reporting officer, Eric Weibel, claiming that Tensing “was attempting a traffic stop… when, at some point, he began to be dragged by a male black driver who was operating a 1998 Green Honda Accord.”
“Officer Tensing stated that he almost was run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver with his duty weapon,” the fictional report adds.
The report goes on to say that “Tensing repeated that he was being dragged by the vehicle and had to fire his weapon.”
Each step of the way, Weibel and all officers cited in the report, back up Tensing’s obvious lie, even saying that they witnessed him being dragged in the way that he described.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters noted that you can see Tensing fire before he rolls away (after being killed and hitting the gas).
So when Officer Phillip Kidd said that he witnessed Tensing being dragged, Kidd committed a crime.
“Officer Kidd told me that he witnessed the Honda Accord drag Officer Tensing, and that he witnessed Officer Tensing fire a single shot,” the report reads.
Deters acknowledges, “no, he wasn’t dragged. He fell backwards after he shot him in the head.”
The New York Times reported that you can hear another officer saying in a dispatch that Tensing was injured during the incident.
But that’s a lie too.
“Looking at Officer Tensing’s uniform, I could see that the back of his pants and shirt looked as if it had been dragged over a rough surface,” Weibel added. “I suggested to Officer Tensing that he should go to the hospital for an examination.”
So the question now is why is the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department covering for these dirty cops and why hasn’t the prosecutor lined them in his sights yet?
(Article by M. David and S. Wooten)