Columbus—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement after a Hamilton County grand jury indicted University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the indictment this afternoon and released video of the incident.
“The video clearly shows that Samuel DuBose was the victim of a police officer who acted with callous disregard for human life. I commend the members of the grand jury for faithfully following the law to advance the cause of justice and honor the memory of Mr. DuBose. Officer Tensing violated his sacred oath to protect and serve the citizens of our community and now he must be held fully accountable.
“A minor traffic violation should never lead to this—a senseless tragedy that has shaken our entire community. The video of the police stop confirms the need for better training and it underscores the necessity for equipping officers with body cameras to ensure they act responsibly and within the law.
“As a former police officer, I know the overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers perform their duties with honor and respect for the communities they serve. However, we must build a culture of accountability to root out misconduct and maintain public trust.”
In the wake of the indictment, Senator Thomas continues to emphasize the importance of proper training and the need for police officers to be equipped with body cameras. Senator Thomas has introduced legislation and proposed amendments to the state budget to provide funding for law enforcement training in de-escalation techniques, cultural sensitivity, and mental health and crisis intervention.