Two University of Cincinnati police officers who watched the fatal shooting of the unarmed 43-year-old Samuel DuBose will not face criminal charges for corroborating a false claim that police officer Ray Tensing was dragged by Dubose's vehicle before killing him, a Hamilton County prosecutor announced on Friday. Tensing, who is white, pulled over DuBose, who is African-American, for a traffic stop, before the shooting.
Ray Tensing was indicted for murder and voluntary manslaughter charges Wednesday after prosecutor Joseph Deters said body-camera footage, which has since been released, showed Tensing not dragged by DuBose's car before the July 19 shooting. Two University of Cincinnati officers, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, can be seen in the footage agreeing with Tensing's claim that he was dragged by the car and falsely filled out an incident report corroborating the story.
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Deters said Friday that he agreed with the grand jury's decision to decline to bring charges to Kidd and Lindenschmidt. Both officers were placed on administrative leave Thursday.
“These officers were totally cooperative in the investigation and consistent in their statements,” he said in a statement, reported the Guardian, adding that there was “some confusion over the way the initial incident report was drafted” but added the document was “not a sworn statement by the officers” but “merely a short summary of information.”
— Slate (@Slate) July 31, 2015