PRESS RELEASE, 7/31/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces grand jury ignores charges against additional UC officers in the July 19th UC officer involved shooting case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that the Hamilton County Grand Jury heard testimony regarding two University of Cincinnati (“UC”) police officers who were involved with the investigation into the July 19th shooting of Samuel DuBose by UC Police Officer Ray Tensing.  No charges were returned by the Hamilton County Grand Jury.

On July 19th UC Police Officer Ray Tensing shot and killed motorist Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop.  On July 29th Tensing was indicted by the Hamilton County Grand Jury on 1count of Murder and 1 count of Voluntary Manslaughter.  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

Two UC officers arrived on the scene as Tensing was reaching into Mr. Dubose’s car.  Both officers made comments at the scene but later were interviewed in depth by Cincinnati Police Officers about what they had witnessed.  In their official interviews, neither officer said that they had seen Tensing being dragged.  Both officers also testified in front of the Hamilton County Grand Jury.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “I fully agree with the decision of the Hamilton County Grand Jury.  These officers were totally cooperative in the investigation and consistent in their statements.  There was some confusion over the way the initial incident report was drafted but that was not a sworn statement by the officers and merely a short summary of information.  When the officers were specifically asked about what they saw and heard, their statements matched Tensing’s body camera video.  These officers have been truthful and honest about what happened and no charges are warranted.”