Cincinnati Cop Indicted For Murder Of Sam DuBose

Cincinnati Cop Indicted For Murder Of Sam DuBose

Trigger-happy Cincinnati cop Ray Tensing has turned himself in, after being indicted July 29 for the murder of Sam DuBose. He was arraigned today, where he pled not guilty and was ordered held on a bond of $1 million. Meanwhile, what has come to be typical rhetoric in the analysis that follows any shooting of a black man by a police officer is nonetheless still being employed to discredit the victim.

When ATTN: posted the body cam footage of Tensing’s shooting of DuBose less than 24 hours ago, commenters on Facebook who have become jaded with cynicism about the inevitable slant taken by the mainstream media, were anticipating more of the same. Classic example here in a screencap of a comment offered by Ericka C. Shelton. WaitingForIt As predicted, it didn’t take long for the victim-shaming to start, but the source of the negative spin was unexpected and may have gone unnoticed by the American consciousness, if not for the appropriate correction by Grassroots Organizing Weekend Trainer Rigel Robinson.

Robinson called out NBC News for the photos they chose to use with the breaking information about Tensing’s indictment for murder on Twitter, and tweeted out a correction that warrants close attention in the national conversation. Robinson posted the offending tweet side-by-side with his corrected version on his Facebook page with this to say:

1. Body cameras are not enough, but every once in a while they make a huge difference. Accountability is good for both cops and civilians.


2. It’s tragic how monumental it is to even get an indictment when someone is murdered by a police officer. Not all officers are bad people, obviously. However, the provisions that exist that make it almost impossible for an officer to face charges if they DO commit a crime are ridiculous.

3. Let’s be clear here… the media’s job is quite literally to shape stories to inform the public and influence public opinion. That’s what they do. Let’s be clear here… Sam Dubose was the victim in this situation. Not the police officer who shot him in the head. Let’s be clear here… Sam Dubose had a criminal history, but that’s not punishable by death. Digging up an old mugshot photo to use for the black man that got shot while refusing to use the mugshot photo for the murderer that just got indicted is… wait for it… you guessed it… RACIST.

K done bye

 

Thousands of “Likes” and re-Tweets on social media demonstrate an immediate agreement with Robinson’s point, and forces us to closely examine the conversation that we’re having in America about systemic racism and police violence. How many black men have died at the hands of violent police before this first murder indictment? This writer honestly doesn’t know, and is despondent that we have come to a point in our national experience where news of another act of violence from those sworn to serve and protect us is not even a surprise any longer.

Perhaps we need to use a more global perspective in deciding what to focus on in terms of this discussion. What must our neighbors in the world community think as they observe “The American Way”? An interesting opinion from Australia was offered on ATTN:’s Facebook thread mentioned above from Chris Potaris:

Firstly, I never comment on FB as I only have it to view and/or download what I deem to be intellectual and spiritual content (it does exist!), however, I felt compelled to make a comment in this instance. I was a police officer in Victoria, Australia for 13 years, leaving in the early 2000’s to pursue a corporate path. I was a senior instructor in the Police Academy so I comment from an objective, learned and now citizen (human being) based perspective. I find it absolutely mind numbing that the general public in the U.S. have not risen against the overtly unjust and substantial increase in police shootings I.e. officers shooting/killing unarmed members of the public. Whether it be actual police members or university ‘police’, the underlying issue appears to be abundantly clear, THE URGENT NEED TO REVIEW THE USE OF FORCE TRAINING. Whilst I am not intimately aware of the relevant legislation for each state, nor am I aware of the specific training methods for each state/county/district etc. it is very clear that there is a ‘pull your firearm out policy’ in the first instance. When you mix this with what appears to be low levels of intellect (officers) and poor conflict management and harm minimisation skills, you have a dangerous culture of shoot first and ask questions later. Throw into the mix red neck perceptions and apparent racist preconceptions, and you have the state of affairs the U.S. appears to be in at this time. Something has to change doesn’t it? Why isn’t someone stepping up and leading this urgent need for change? I am an old school thinker and come from a culture of brotherhood within police ranks, I will always look for objective evidence and look at each case in detail before jumping to any conclusion. In this age of social media and accountability however, how on Earth can you justify this blatant murder of an unarmed man? I urge the public in the U.S. to unite and DEMAND that the federal government intervene and call for a national review of police training and their use of force provisions and options!”

 

This unknown Aussie makes some very good points, and we should be asking ourselves: “When will we as Americans stop putting the blame on the victims of police violence, and do something about the real concerns of systemic racism and militarized police?”

(H/T attn:, featured image screencap from Rigel Robinson.)

Chimene is a third-generation native of Maricopa County, Arizona, a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications, and a passionate local activist for progressive change.

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Chimene is a third-generation native of Maricopa County, Arizona, a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications, and a passionate local activist for progressive change.

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