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The University of Cincinnati pays the former police officer who murdered Sam DuBose

Joe Deters announced on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 that he would not try again with former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing in the shooting death of Sam DuBose in July 2015. The DuBose family reacts.
Carrie Cochran and Liz Dufour

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing, who killed an unarmed black motorist during a -campus traffi c stop, has received a UC settlement worth almost $ 350,000, UC announced Thursday afternoon.

Resolves a grievance that the Ohio Police Union filed on behalf of Tensing when it was dismissed after Sam's death in July 2015 DuBose. In exchange for $ 244,230 in late payments and benefits and legal fees of $ 100,000, Tensing resigned. He also agreed not to file a lawsuit against UC.

DaShonda Reid, mother of four of the 13 children of DuBose, committed to marry him at the time of his death.

"I'm very upset with UC paying that killer Tensing," he wrote to The Enquirer in a text message. "He is officially a paid killer who has not shown an ounce of remorse for killing an innocent man."

"Even wanting compensation (after) to murder an innocent man shows how heartless and insensitive he is," he said. Reid. "UC has now reversed any of the rights they tried to do for Sam. Their blood is not only in the hands of Tensing (and) the justice system, it is now in the hands of UC. "

Civil rights leader Bobby Hilton, spiritual advisor to family members He said the deal was painful, arriving after two jurors stalled on murder charges by Tensing.

"After going through Ray Tensing's trial with Samuel DuBose's family and witnessing lies and acts flagrant racism, the news that Ray Tensing gets a financial deal is like a nail in the heart, "said Hilton, senior pastor of Word of Deliverance Ministries in Forest Park." However, our trust remains in God so that with his help, we can one day obtain truth and justice for all. "

UC President Neville Pinto, who was not at UC when DuBose was murdered, announced the agreement in an email to students, faculty and staff.

"I realize that this agreement will be difficult for our community," he wrote. "However, I am hopeful that we can focus on support each other as members of the Bearcat family, even, perhaps especially, if we do not agree. "

Kimberly Thomas of Clifton has a photo of Samuel DuBose outside of the Hamilton County courthouse after the arraignment for Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati policeman charged with murder for his shooting death. (Photo: File / Carrie Cochran)

Tensing pulled DuBose on July 19, 2015, while driving a car without a front license plate. The encounter that led to DuBose's death was captured on a body camera used by Tensing, and the video was publicly released after the officer was charged with murder.

In 2016, the university reached a civil settlement of $ 4.85 million However, the family of DuBose UC only paid $ 100,000 out of pocket. In addition to the money, that agreement included enrollment for the 12 children of DuBose, a memorial on campus, an apology and a role for the family in campus issues related to the reform of the topolice

After DuBose's death, UC reviewed its police department and created an advisory council, chaired by retired Hamilton County judge John Andrew West, which continues, Pinto said.

"We are making significant progress with the voluntary police reforms that we initiated with the participation and commitment of the community in general," he said.

The Fraternal Order of Police, the Ohio Labor Council filed the suit on the same day that Tensing was charged with murder for killing DuBose. The union said that the removal of Tensing from the police department was illegal. It was suspended during the criminal trial.

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Protesters sing "There is no justice, there is no peace" during a rally of Countdown to Conviction Coalition for justice for Sam DuBose in Freedom Way in The Banks Saturday, July 22, 2017. Sam DuBose disarmed when a police officer from the University of Cincinnati , Ray Tensing, shot him and killed him during a traffic stop, on July 19, 2015. (Photo: The Enquirer / Cara Owsley)

Hamilton County Prosecu For Joe Deters Tensing tried to kill him twice, but both times the jury stalled. Finally, Deters dismissed the charges.

In July of 2017, when the criminal case ended, the complaint came back into play.

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In the complaint, Tensing said he had the right to be reinstated and was granted the full wages and benefits, in accordance with the terms of the union's contract with UC

The FOP argued that UC did not follow its own disciplinary policies. The elements at stake were the fact that Tensing was denied a disciplinary hearing before being fired, was not granted paid leave and was not convicted.

"I'm satisfied with the agreement with the University of Cincinnati," Tensing said in a statement on Thursday. "This case has caused a lot of conflict in the community, and I think the agreement will allow the healing to continue, it will certainly do it for me after two difficult tests. "

The protests continued the second null judgment against Ray Tensing at the University of Cincinnati, former employer of Tensing, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Ray Tensing, a former UC police officer, shot dead Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in July of 2015. This null judgment was declared on Friday in the new Tensing trial.The protest on campus on Wednesday night was the first of four actions planned by Countdown to Conviction Coalition. . (Photo: Cara Owsley)

University officials did not comment on the complaint or how it handled the situation when it was asked last year and they referred to Pinto's statement after Thursday's announcement.

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