No federal charges for University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing who shot black driver Sam DuBose
CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) – A white police officer who fatally shot and killed Sam DuBose, a black motorist in 2015 in Cincinnati, will not face state civil rights charges after a four-year review, authorities said Friday.
The US Attorney’s Office began investigating the shooting after the murder charges against former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing were dropped after two juries were wrongfully tried.
In a statement, the US Attorney’s Office said it had completed its review without consulting the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The FBI has also stopped its investigation, it said.
Tensing shot DuBose, 43, in the head after pulling him on July 19, 2015 for a missing front license plate. He testified that he believed his life was in danger when DuBose tried to drive away during the traffic control.
Tensing, who was fired after the shooting, testified at both trials, saying he thought he was going to be dragged or run over when DuBose drove away.
DuBose family and civil rights groups wanted a third trial, but prosecutors refused to move forward and a judge finally dismissed the state charges.
The family and university reached a $ 4.9 million settlement in 2016. Two years later, the school agreed to pay Tensing approximately $ 344,000 in arrears and legal fees to help settle a union dispute over his dismissal.