2 University of Cincinnati Cops Will Not Face Charges in Samuel Dubose Shooting

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Two University of Cincinnati police officers who arrived on the scene after a colleague fatally shot Samuel Dubose will not be charged, according to the Associated Press.


A Hamilton County grand jury on Friday failed to indict officers Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, the report says. The decision, which reinforces the blue wall of silence, came just a day after former Officer Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting of Dubose.

The officers were put on administrative leave this week following the start of a university investigation. The officers arrived at the scene after the shooting, but they corroborated Tensing's story that he was in fear for his life, according to a police report and body-camera video.


The recording shows Tensing rising from the ground after Dubose had been shot. Tensing's lawyer says his client fired at Dubose because he thought he was going to be dragged under the car.

Prosecutors argue that Tensing was not dragged, and Tensing’s own body-camera video doesn’t show any dragging, the report says. Dubose died of a single gunshot wound to the head, according to autopsy results released Friday.

Tensing, who was fired shortly after his indictment Wednesday and released on bail Thursday, has asked for his job back, writes the news outlet.

AP could not reach Kidd or Lindenschmidt for comment.

Read more at Time magazine.

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