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Video: Ohio DA Releases Body Camera Footage of Cincinnati T-Stop Shooting

July 30, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Ohio DA Releases Body Camera Footage of Cincinnati T-Stop Shooting

Hamilton County (Ohio) Prosecutor Joe Deters showed footage from the body camera worn by a former University of Cincinnati police officer during a news conference Wednesday afternoon, just moments after announcing a grand jury had indicted the officer on one count of murder and one count of voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting of unarmed black motorist Sam DuBose during an off-campus traffic stop.

In the days to follow the shooting, DuBose’s family and friends -- skeptical of the initial police report’s account of the traffic stop -- called on Deters to release the video. Community leaders and local media would soon follow suit, demanding the prosecutor release the footage.

Deters refused the request, pending a grand jury’s decision.

On Wednesday, the public got a glimpse of just how pivotal the video would become.

“If we didn’t have the body camera video, what would we have? We would have nothing,” Deters told 700 WLW’s Bill Cunningham Wednesday afternoon, saying the video is what cleared the way for his pursuit of a murder conviction and a life sentence for Tensing.

That’s because, as Deters pointed out, initial reports of the incident do not quite line up with what the video seems to show.

At the center of the discrepancy is one question: Did DuBose drag the officer beside his car?

While the incident report depicted an officer firing his weapon in self-defense, Deters said the video told a different story, one in which a possibly frustrated police officer knowingly killed an unarmed man.

"I think he (the officer) lost his temper because Mr. DuBose would not get out of his car... When you see it, you will not believe how quickly he pulled his gun and shot him in the head," Deters said.

After viewing the video, the officer’s attorney Stew Mathew said he expected an indictment, but does not see the video as demonstrative of guilt.

Mathews showed WCPO footage from a second body camera video, which he claims “adds some detail and some clarity to what happened.”

What new details Mathew says this second video will reveal remains unclear.

Same goes for whether the other officers cited in the police report will face any charges.

Comments (5)

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Ordinary Joe @ 7/30/2015 2:22 PM

I do not know what video Deters is looking at, but at no time did the officer lose his cool. Seems like Deters is running for DA. I cannot believe the university and the prosecutors threw the officer under the bus. If I were a cop in Cincinnati, I would have second thoughts as to who had my back.

Capt. Ahab @ 7/30/2015 5:14 PM

The DA's behavior is literally criminal. It is completely over the top for him to be badmouthing the officer and making accusations at press conferences. The DA should be disbarred. He is misusing the incident to polish his own image and political career and to appease the mob. And with the jury pool now obviously fouled, the case must be moved to a distant locale where there might be a semblence of a fair jury.

Tschako @ 7/30/2015 5:59 PM

Regardless of how this happened or plays out, the unprofessional behavior of Deputy DA Joe Deters is unconscionable. He should save his diatribe for the courtroom, not the media sound bites.
As for the Officer, I'll base my opinion on the results of the trial.

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/30/2015 8:38 PM

Sounds to me like the Deputy DA is trying to start another Ferguson and all he needs is Sharpton and his gang of thugs.

John T Lord @ 7/30/2015 11:00 PM

The other side, if the suspect didn't have anything to hide why wouldn't he have shown the lic. The cam showed numerous times the could have gotten a weapon hidden in the trashed car. When he fled the first reaction was whatever he was trying to cover up would have been sever. Ok, the officer shot, but the criminal drove his lethal weapon (car) which could have equally killed the officer. Quick shots are to the largest area, not point prevision. If he didn't have anything to cover up, he would not have fled, what did he think the officer would have done? Notice how calm the officer continually spoke. He had no intent to kill / murder anyone. Or should the message be in this community that you can do whatever you want despite what the police who are in authority say to do? I feel sorry for the officer and his family. There have been too may officers killed in a split second decision. If he just let him drive, the next news could have been that he let a murder / rapist go, and why?

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