CINCINNATI, OH - The Ohio cop accused of murdering Samuel Dubose during a traffic stop is out of jail and back at home. Cheers and applause erupted in the courtroom Thursday when a judge ordered officer Ray Tensing be held on $1 million bond. Just a few hours later, Tensing's father ponied up the $100,000 needed to set him free.
Tensing will have a lot of free time, because the University of Cincinnati fired him. A police union filed a grievance on his behalf, saying the university violated his employment contract.
Meanwhile, new video shows a third angle of what happened just moments after Tensing shot and killed Sam Dubose. You can hear Tensing tell another responding officer that he thought he was going to be run over. At one point, Tensing says Dubose's car was dragging him down the street, but none of the video released shows that happening.
"It sounds like he was trying to cover up his tracks from the second it happened," said Aubrey Dubose.
Tensing's attorney, however, says body cam video shows him on the ground at least 20 to 25 feet from where he stopped Dubose.
"He's getting up in the street and that tends to corroborate what he said happened when he was getting dragged," said Stewart Matthews.
This isn't the first contentious traffic stop for officer Ray Tensing. Demetrius Pace recorded cell phone video in May of last year, after his friend was pulled over because his bumper was dragging on the ground. In the video, you can hear officer Tensing asking Pace for identification, even though he was the passenger.
"I felt like through the whole encounter I shouldn't have even been questioned," said Pace, "he should have dealt specifically with the driver."
Tensing's shift supervisor eventually came to calm the situation. That traffic stop ended with a ticket. Now he must explain why Dubose's traffic stop ended with a bullet.
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Photo: Greenhills Police Dept / MGN