Cincinnati police are investigating the fatal shooting of an apparently unarmed black man by a University of Cincinnati police officer after a confrontation during a routine traffic stop, Sunday. This adds to a long list of law enforcement negligence compiling to the point of concern for which the cries of injustice grow louder with each new revelation of excessive force or neglect resulting in death.
Samuel Dubose, a 43-year-old father of 13 children, was the victim in this “routine traffic stop.” Authorities identified the officer as Ray Tensing, who has five years’ experience in law enforcement and who has worked for the University of Cincinnati Police Department for more than a year. He is, as seems to be common practice now, white.
CNN reports that, according to the Cincinnati Police Department, which is handling the investigation, Tensing saw Dubose driving without a front license plate around 6:30 Sunday evening and tried to pull him over. Police said Dubose continued for about a mile before stopping the car.
According to police reports, Tensing asked several times to see Dubose’s driver’s license and Dubose instead handed authorities a bottle of alcohol. Tensing then asked Dubose to step out of the car, at which point a struggle ensued.
“There was a struggle at the door with Mr. Dubose in the vehicle and the officer outside the vehicle, and the vehicle sped away,” Cincinnati police Lt. Col. James Whalen told reporters.
Tensing then fired a single shot, murdering the driver. Cincinnati police also made sure to illustrate the horrific trauma the officer experienced while murdering an unarmed intoxicated man driving away in a vehicle by declaring Tensing fell to the ground as he fired the shot, bruising his legs and tearing his uniform. Police have yet to release the video of the traffic stop.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay. He has not yet been interviewed, nor have two other officers who arrived on the scene, as they are allowed 24 to 48 hours to work with their attorneys first. Nor has Tensing been charged with manslaughter, a crime to which police have already given an eye witness report to. This doesn’t come as a shock, however, as Dubose is just another check off the list of unpunished outrageous police brutality.
You could literally compile a glossary, or even encyclopedia of the impunity of law enforcement from the laws they enforce:
The death of Sheneque Proctor, in the Bessemer City Jail, Saturday Nov. 2.
Proctor was arrested for “disorderly conduct” at a hotel party with her friends. The eighteen-year-old Proctor complained of asthma problems in addition to violent police handling prior to her death. She was found dead in her cell the next morning.
Bessemer City Attorney Shan Paden commented, “I know the case. I know we had a death in the jail. Erring on a conservative side, not to protect the city but to protect the rights of an 18-year-old, the city of Bessemer will not disclose any information.” This is very becoming of law enforcement having followed an onslaught of deaths of unarmed African-Americans gunned down by police, all of whom were accused of having a gun, but found to be carrying pills, sandwiches and toys.
This was only a month after the death of 22-year-old Darrien Nathaniel Hunt.
Hunt was fatally shot in the back September, 10, 2014 while holding no more than a replica sword, after law enforcement responded to a call reporting a suspicious person brandishing a “Samurai-type” sword.
The previous month 18-year-old VonDerritt Myers Jr., was gunned down by law enforcement on October 8, 2014.
He was allegedly carrying a gun, though eye witnesses dispute this matter claiming he had no more than a sandwich. Details of this case are also being kept secret until investigations are concluded.
Weeks later, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by the police, November 22, 2014.
Rice was shot down within two seconds of the arrival of law enforcement agents after receiving a report that a “young black male” was seen brandishing a gun in a local park.
Garner died July 17, 2014 , according to the coroner’s report, due to homicide via compression of the neck caused by law enforcement officials during his restraint. Garner called out, “I can’t breathe!” 11 times while law enforcement agents proceeded to forcefully choke and detain him.
Brown was shot fatally by police while unarmed on August 9, 2014.
Rumain Brisbon was gunned down by police on December 4, 2014.
Brison was shot for allegedly having a gun that turned out to be a bottle of pills.
The relentless disregard for the law and probable cause in the case of law enforcement is becoming a common practice. Not one of the officers responsible for any of these deaths has been held accountable for any charges in a court of law. The number of instances involving a white cop and the death of an unarmed African-American seems to be an increasingly recurring theme for law enforcement officials all over the country, and the list of victims in this article is only a grain of sand in an ocean of injustice. Something should be done before this list becomes larger than the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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