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Video reaction: Shock and horror to support for Tensing

Cesar Mesones Jr (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham) Cesar Mesones Jr (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
Jermaine Arnold (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham) Jermaine Arnold (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
Kristy Fields (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham) Kristy Fields (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Reaction on Fountain Square this week to Ray Tensing's body camera video ranged from shock and horror to support for the officer.

FOX19 NOW gave people the option to watch the edited or the unedited version of the video. Those who chose to watch it selected the unedited one.

"Oooohhh. Oooohhh. He was shot right there," said Jermaine Arnold. "You see him lean right over there? That was sad. All for not having a front plate? Wow, that's crazy."

"A little justice was serve by him getting indicted," added his friend, Ricardo Miller. "That was wrong."

"That was totally wrong," Arnold said.

"He had no reason to shoot him," Miller said. 

"He should have just got a ticket or whatever, and gone about your business, you  know?" Arnold said. "He was out for the hunt for some kind of reason to me. 

Said Cesar Mesones Jr: "No one deserves to be shot in the head for not having their license on them or not having a front license plate. A judge and a jury should decide what your punishment is going to be. This video brings out how the officer completely overstepped his boundary and overused his power. It's just sad for our city that it happened here. It shouldn't happen."

At least one woman said she didn't think the video was helpful.

"You really can't see much on the tape," said Kristy Fields. "I don't have a particular opinion on it. I'm glad they made a decision quickly and was happy to see that and was happy to see that no one was rioting. I thought Cincinnati acted with class."

Another woman, Olivia Suttles, said she hadn't seen the video and had no interest in watching it.

"I appreciate everyone owning up to what happened and saying this is something that can't happen today," she said. "This is something that doesn't need to be happening in our city and that we resolved this so quickly and without violence is wonderful. We've had our share of problems. But, in this case, we stepped it up and made the right decision and handled it well. The way we handled it here I don't think it could have gone much better."

One man said he isn't so sure a murder indictment was the proper criminal charge for Tensing.

"The thing I am confused about is why anybody would refuse to get out of their car and why would you start your car up and try to drive off?" said Bob Densford, "I've been pulled over before for traffic violations and you always turn your car off and you're always very polite to the officer and you always answer his questions no matter what they are and try to give your best answer.

"It's a real shame that that young man had to die. I don't think he should of but, then again, you have to consider what you're doing," Densford said. "If he asks you a question, you answer it. Why would you start your car and try to drive off? I would never do that. So...here do we go with this? I think a murder charge might be a little bit over the top. I think maybe an involuntary homicide or something like that. It's a shame. With all the tension in this country right now, this is definitely something we don't need."

One thing everyone does agree on: body cameras are a necessary and powerful tool in modern policing. State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) called this week for all Ohio officers to wear them. So should all Cincinnati ones, said Mayor John Cranley.

"Oh I think those are great," said Densford. "The car cameras, the body cameras. It puts everybody to tell the truth. I wish they all had those."

"That's a beautiful thing," Arnold said. "It shows you can't get away with everything on both (sides). So all the police need to wear that in every city."

The cameras, Mesones said, prompt police and the public to realize both will be held accountable for their actions.

"Up until now, I hadn't even a body camera used but, in this case, it brought out to light what happened whereas 10 years ago, in 2001 for example, we would have not known what exactly happened," he said. "So it's helping in a way and with people's cell phones, too, officers are more aware of their actions."

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