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Family, friends demand justice in police shooting of Sam DuBose

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Family and friends of the man shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer demanded answers, taking their fight to Cincinnati City Hall Wednesday night.

UC Police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed Sam DuBose, 43,  on Sunday after a traffic stop.

"He was murdered!  He was executed!  Nobody is giving up any answers,” one woman shouted from the crowd.

The fatal traffic stop unfolded near Rice and Valencia streets, about a mile away from campus. Tensing pulled over DuBose because the vehicle did not have a front license plate.    

"I don't know why you killed him for.  He was just driving home to come with his family that night,” said Samuel DuBose, the young son of the victim.

Police have said that DuBose couldn’t produce a driver’s license. Instead, he handed a bottle of alcohol to the officer.

Tensing asked DuBose to get out of the car, and a quick struggle ensued. 

Tensing fired a single shot that hit the unarmed DuBose in the head.  DuBose, who never got out of his vehicle, was able to restart his car and start driving away.

Tensing was knocked to the ground and treated for minor injuries. 

"We want justice.  We don't want no peace.  I wanted him to come home that night.  I wanted to have fun that night,” said DuBose's son.

Standing hand in hand outside city hall on Plum Street, a demand for more information was at the forefront of Wednesday's rally, as the push to release footage from Tensing’s body camera dominated the conversation.  

This rally was not the first time those closest to DuBose have called for justice and answers.  They also gathered Sunday and Monday at the scene of the shooting.

"Why is it taking so long for us to get the evidence that this man had,” one woman told FOX19 NOW.

Answers could come soon.

Cincinnati police have finished their investigation and turned it over to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutor Joe Deters will determine if any criminal charges will be filed.  It’s expected that he’ll have the case reviewed by the end of next week. 

"Whether or not there are any criminal wrongdoing, which I don't know will be found, we do know that, as a general matter, that we do not want license plate pullovers to lead to loss of life,” Mayor John Cranley said in a press conference at UC Wednesday.

Tensing has been placed on paid administrative leave.  

He’s been with the campus police department since April 2014 and previously worked for Greenhills police.


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