News LIVE COVERAGE: Grand Jury decision on UC police shooting

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  1. IPrankNoOneElse

    IPrankNoOneElse Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2012
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    886 Uh oh

    Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is holding a 1 p.m. press conference on the University of Cincinnati police shooting of Sam DuBose and will release body camera footage showing his death.

    [Watch the live press conference in the player above or at this link if you're using a mobile device]

    A grand jury has been hearing evidence since last week as they decide whether to indict University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing.

    In anticipation of the announcement, the University of Cincinnati canceled all classes at its main Uptown and Medical campuses in Clifton and shut down by 11 a.m.

    Barricades were put up blocking motorists from coming onto campus, and several Ohio State Highway Patrol cruisers responded, along with a Special Response Team vehicle.

    "This decision was made with an abundance of caution in anticipation of today's announcement of the Hamilton County grand jury's decision regarding the July 19 officer-involved shooting of Samuel DuBose and the release of the officer's body camera video," reads a UC alert. "We realize this is a challenging time for our university community."

    Blue Ash and Clermont County campuses remain open.

    Tensing's attorney, Stew Mathews, said his client would surrender "presumably this afternoon" if he is indicted.

    "Ray Tensing's a good kid, an excellent officer who is in a bad situation at this point," Mathews told FOX19 NOW Morning News Wednesday.

    The grand jury considered several charges:

    • Aggravated murder: felony that is the most serious charge and involves advance planning. Penalties range from death to life in prison.
    • Murder: felony that involves purposely causing the death of another person. Penalty is 15 years to life in prison.
    • Voluntary manslaughter: felony that involves intentionally killing someone in a sudden passion or fit of rage brought on by a serious provocation by the victim. Penalties range 3 to 11 years in prison.
    • Involuntary manslaughter: felony that involves an act by a victim that incites a person to use deadly force and likely involve an accidental discharge This offense is a felony of the first degree and punishable from 3 to 10 years in prison if it occurred during a felony, or a felony of the third degree anywhere from 9 to 36 months in prison if it occurred during a misdemeanor.
    • Reckless homicide: felony that involves recklessly causing a person's death. Penalty is 9 to 36 months in prison.
    • Negligent homicide: the lowest charge and a misdemeanor that involves causing the death of another through criminal negligence. No premeditation. Maximum penalty is 180 days.
    FOX19 NOW Legal Analyst Mike Allen predicts Tensing will be indicted on a reckless homicide charge or one of the manslaughter offenses.

    "From what I'm hearing, I think this officer is going to be indicted for something," Allen said in an appearance Wednesday on FOX19 NOW Morning News. "I am hoping...that the community will remain calm until the grand jury finishes and accepts the decision."

    Tensing's body camera video captured the July 19 shooting in Mt. Auburn. It will be released at noon Thursday.

    Last week, FOX19 NOW sued Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters seeking the footage that could play a critical role in showing the July 19 encounter between Dubose, 43, and Officer Ray Tensing.

    Attorney Jack Greiner says Deters' decision to withhold the video violates Ohio's public records laws.

    But Deters refused to release the footage, saying it would hurt his investigation and could taint the grand jury process, until the grand jury watched it.

    As the city waits for the grand jury decision and video release, Blackwell said police will not get in the way of peaceful protest.

    But, he cautioned, destruction and riots that occurred in Baltimore and Ferguson over the past year will not be tolerated here.

    Police rarely face criminal charges for use of force. Only three local ones have been charged since 2001.

    Cincinnati Police Officer Stephen Roach, 27, shot and killed unarmed and fleeing Timothy Thomas, 19, who was wanted on several misdemeanors, in Over-the-Rhine in April 2001.

    The shooting sparked Cincinnati's worst racial unrest in three decades.

    Roach was charged with negligent homicide and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors, and was acquitted in a bench trial.

    He quit the Cincinnati Police Department in 2002 and began working for Evendale police, where he remains employed.

    In January 2001, Cincinnati Police Officers Robert "Blaine" Jorg, 28, and Patrick Caton, 34, were indicted in connection with Roger Owensby's death.

    Jorg was charged with misdemeanor assault and involuntary manslaughter. Caton was charged with assaulting Owensby.

    Owensby, 29, died in police custody shortly after his arrest on Nov. 7, 2000. Although there was no warrant for his arrest, he was questioned outside a Roselawn convenience store and initially cooperated with police officers.

    Police say Owensby tried to run and was tackled by several officers. He was struck several times, forced to the ground and handcuffed.

    The coroner later determined Owensby died of asphyxiation.

    Later that year, Jorg and Caton were acquitted on the assault charges.

    The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the involuntary manslaughter charge, resulting in a mistrial.

    Then-Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said he would not try Jorg again.

    Source: Ohio Revised Code

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  2. Mlaw

    Mlaw Quite Contrarian Gold

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    "I've been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make -- totally unwarranted," said Deters. "It's an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless."

    The prosecutor, who said he was shocked when he first saw the video, was adamant DuBose had not acted aggressively toward Tensing.

    "People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent towards the officer -- he did not. He did not at all. I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost, and I feel sorry for the community, too," Deters said.
  3. Nick Mondo

    Nick Mondo VIP Extreme Gold

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  4. DDragon

    DDragon Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2012
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    I really want to be pro cop but the cops know the whole world is watching them now and yet they continue to fuck shit up. You reap what you sow.