Backup Officers at Shooting Scene of Cincinnati Man, Samuel DuBose, Won’t Be Charged

© John Minchillo Court officers look on as former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, left, appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in…
© John Minchillo Court officers look on as former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, left, appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in…

The two University of Cincinnati police officers who arrived on the scene shortly after a white colleague fatally shot an unarmed black driver in the head will not be charged with lying about what they saw, a prosecutor announced Friday. 

A grand jury indicted Officer Ray Tensing on suspicion of murder and voluntary manslaughter this week for the fatal July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose, whom Tensing had stopped for a missing license plate.

After the shooting, Tensing claimed that he shot DuBose because he was being dragged by DuBose’s car. But Tensing’s body camera footage appeared to contradict that claim.

On Friday, a grand jury declined to charge Officers David Lindenschmidt and Phillip Kidd – who were at the scene as backup – with lying about what happened.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, who has criticized Tensing’s handling of the stop, said there was “confusion” in an initial incident report that implied the other two officers saw Tensing being dragged.

“That was not a sworn statement by the officers and merely a short summary of information,” Deters said of the initial report. “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.”

He said that in official interviews Kidd and Lindenschmidt gave to Cincinnati police, neither officer said they had witnessed Tensing being dragged. Both officers also testified before the grand jury.

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Source: Los Angeles Times | Matt Pearce

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