- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters on Wednesday announced a murder charge against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing in the July 19 shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose. A look at Tensing and DuBose:


Tensing, 25, grew up in suburban Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2012 with a criminal justice degree. He worked as an officer in the suburb of Greenhills, on either a part-time or full-time basis from April 2011 to last December. Had two performance evaluations showing he met standards and one saying he performed above standards, according to Greenhills police Chief Neil Ferdelman.

Tensing joined the University of Cincinnati police department in April 2014 and received a promotion a year later with a salary boost to $51,600. He received an overall satisfactory rating on his annual performance evaluations. One review comment said he maintains control of his weapons and of “situations he is involved in.”

Another comment suggested he was too focused on traffic stops.

“Tensing is extremely proactive when it comes to traffic enforcement, but only meets the standards when it comes to community service. I would like to see him interact more with the public outside of traffic enforcement,” the comment said.

The university fired Tensing on Wednesday after the murder charge was announced.



DuBose, 43, attended Cincinnati’s Mount Healthy High School and later became a rapper and music producer. His funeral program said he worked on his music and developed other artists in his studio.

He also was an entrepreneur and a motorcyclist enthusiast, the program said. He went by the nickname “Big Dude” and was the founder of a black motorcycle gang, Ruthless Riders.

Mayor John Cranley, who expressed his condolences Tuesday at DuBose’s funeral services, said Wednesday: “As they described him, he was a jokester, but he was not a violent man.” Samuel DuBose’s brother, Aubrey, described him as “peaceful.”

Court records show DuBose had a long criminal history of minor traffic infractions such as driving while suspended, traffic light violations, having unauthorized license plates, and also selling and possessing marijuana.

His family said they knew the video recorded by Tensing’s body camera would vindicate DuBose, who they say had been unfairly characterized as a “thug.”

“I’ve known him to never, ever run from a police officer,” his sister, Terina Allen, said Wednesday. “His record, as bad as anyone wants to make it, proves he has no problem being arrested.”


Associated Press Kantele Franko in Columbus contributed to this report.

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