Even with video evidence clearly showing white Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing murder 43-year-old unarmed Black man Samuel DuBose with a point-blank range shot to the head during a traffic stop, Tensing is still attempting to make excuses for taking his life.
Ray Tensing was officially indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter last week, shortly after the disturbing video footage showing Tensing gun down Sam DuBose was made public. In the days since his indictment, Tensing has been speaking through his lawyer in an attempt to justify his actions, pleading not guilty to the charges while also insisting that he shot Sam DuBose because he “feared for his life” and supposedly thought he was going to get dragged by DuBose’s car. However, anyone with eyes who has seen the video can attest to the fact that Sam DuBose never even had a chance to actually drive off in the car before Tensing fired his shot, which killed him instantly. Dubose’s car only propelled forward after he was already dead and his body slumped over onto the gas pedal before slamming into the curb shortly after. In a second attempt to victimize himself, the Daily Mail reports that Tensing is now also demanding his job back on the basis that he was wrongfully dismissed, pointing out that the other two officers who initially corroborated his false account of what happened during the shooting have been able to retain their jobs without facing any charges.
One would think that being caught on video murdering an unarmed man with no solid reasoning or just cause would at LEAST result in this officer accepting responsibility for his careless actions that have claimed the life of an innocent man, but quite the opposite of that has happened thus far. Not only is Ray Tensing attempting to downplay his actions blatantly disrespectful to the family of Samuel DuBose, it also speaks to a much larger problem of the disconnect between police officer and the Black community. Tensing demanding to be reinstated as a police officer and using the hypothetical reasoning (“IF” he would have driven off, I fear that I “would have” been dragged by his car) as the main basis for justifying his murder makes it evident that he has little to no realization of the magnitude of what he has done.
Police officers are constantly urging the Black community to treat cops with respect as enforcers of the law, but how exactly are we to go about this when the actions of so many in law enforcement repeatedly show us that the value of our lives in their eyes is little to none?