Justice

New Footage Shows A Disturbing Turn of Events in the Sam Dubose Case

July 31st 2015

By:
Kyle Jaeger

Two additional body camera videos recorded by campus police officers Phillip Kidd and his "trainee," David Lindenshmidt from the July 19 shooting of Sam Dubose, an unarmed Black man who was pulled over and fatally shot in the head by former UC officer Ray Tensing, were released Thursday by Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. Though the footage does not corroborate Tensing's account of the incident, the officers wearing the recording instruments readily support Tensing's account of the shooting, which has since been debunked.

 

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In a statement released on Friday, Deters defended the two UC officers. "Both officers made comments at the scene but later were interviewed in depth by Cincinnati Police Officers about what they had had witnessed," he wrote. During those interviews and in testimony offered to the Hamilton County Grand Jury, neither officer said that Tensing had been dragged, directly contradicting what both had claimed at the scene.

"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."

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said that Tensing was not dragged. He described the shooting as "senseless," and announced that the officer was indicted for murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of Sam Dubose. If he is convicted of all charges he faces life in prison.
 

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Tensing pled not guilty at his arraignment on Thursday and posted bail, set at $1 million, hours later. Kidd and Lindenschmidt have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation, according to the University of Cincinnati.

"Holy shit."

Kidd recognized the seriousness of the situation right away. He was one of the first officers on the scene when former UC officer Ray Tensing pulled over an unarmed Black man, Sam Dubose, and fatally shot him in the head. Tensing claimed that the 43-year-old man attempted to drive away during the traffic stop, dragging him, and that he shot Dubose out of self-defense, however, body camera video of the shooting tells a different story, as law enforcement officials have observed, and that story continues to develop.

In the most recent videos, Kidd and Lindenschmidt talk to Tensing and several other officers dispatched to the scene.

 
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They both claim to have witnessed the encounter.

"What was he reaching for?" Kidd asks Tensing. "He kept reaching around."

"He didn't reach for anything."

The Cincinnati Police Officer asks whether or not it seemed as though Tensing had been dragged. Kidd answers unequivocally, "Yes." As law enforcement secure the crime scene, he and the other CPD officers drive up the street to a nearby Stop N' Go, where Kidd gets an energy drink and makes two phone calls to say that he's okay and that he won't be able to talk for "quite a while."

In the video that Lindenschmidt's body camera captured—which runs for about seven minutes, in contrast to Kidd's 30-minute recording—similar conversations can be heard.

Dubose's car engine is still revving as the trainee approaches.

"I thought he was going to run me over," Tensing says.

"What—he pull on you?" Lindenschmidt asks.

"He took off on me. I discharged one round. Struck a male in the head."

A few minutes later, Lindenschmidt gives another officer the run down on what happened:

"[Tensing] had a traffic stop. The guy took off from him. The officer got caught with his arm because the guy reached for something, he thought. So he grabbed onto the car. Our officer went down. He got tangled in the car and drew his gun and fired."

"Oh, you guys were here?" one CPD officer asks.

"Yeah, I was right behind him," Lindenschmidt replies "He fired from right here and the guy took off."

"You get it on video?"

"[Tensing] probably does. I just arrived to back him up when the guy took off. The officer was stuck in the vehicle—fired one round."

Given the fact that Dubose was shot in the head and was likely killed instantly, it stands to reason that the man "took off," all three officers claim. It is also important to note that, based on Tensing's body cam recording, the shooting took place less than three minutes after he first approached the vehicle. To make such definitive statements about the case seems injudicious to say the least.