Kerry Washington, Solange, Others React To Samuel DuBose Shooting & Police Video
The police officer accused of murdering Samuel DuBose appeared in court on Thursday morning and plead not guilty to murder charges and voluntary manslaughter.
Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing, who was indicted on murder charges after shooting DuBose in the head on July 19, faced a Hamilton County judge who announced that Tensing’s bond had been set at $1 million.
On Wednesday night, video from the officer’s body camera was released and instantly caused uproar by folks on social media. In the video, you see Ray, who initially pulled DuBose over for an alleged missing license plate tag, pull out a gun and shoot the unarmed victim after asking him to take off his seatbelt.
In the clip, you hear DuBose start the car and then two gun shots. DuBose slumped forward after being struck in the head and hit the gas as he succumbed to the gunshots.
The video, however, does not corroborate with the police report that was filed the day after the shooting. According to Tensing, he was “almost run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver.”
“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make — totally unwarranted,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. “It’s an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless.”
Deters also told reporters that “People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent towards the officer — he did not. He did not at all. I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost, and I feel sorry for the community, too.”
If convicted, Tensing could serve life in prison.
Celebrities took to Twitter to express their outrage following the release of the body camera video. Solange, Kerry Washington and Jesse Williams are just three of several to share their anger and pain.