Monthly Archives: July 2015

The casket of Samuel Dubose is transported to a hearse during his funeral at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.”

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand jury indictment at a news conference to discuss developments in the investigation into the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old motorist Samuel DuBose by Officer Ray Tensing.

Authorities have said Tensing spotted a car driven by DuBose and missing the front license plate, which is required by Ohio law. They say Tensing stopped the car and a struggle ensued after DuBose refused to provide a driver’s license and get out of the car.

Tensing, 25, has said he was dragged by the car and forced to shoot at DuBose. He fired once, striking DuBose in the head.

But Deters dismissed Tensing’s claim that he was dragged by the car and suggested that he shouldn’t have pulled DuBose over to begin with.

Mourner Tramell Metz pauses at the hearse of Samuel Dubose before his casket is transported to a cemetery during funeral services at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Mourner Tramell Metz pauses at the hearse of Samuel Dubose before his casket is transported to a cemetery during funeral services at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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By the Numbers: US Police Kill More in a few Days than Other Countries do in Decades

Starting on Thursday, US Police killed 3 people, Friday that number doubled at 6 people killed, and at least 3 more were confirmed over Saturday and into Sunday morning.

That makes 12 lives ended prematurely by America’s ‘protectors’ in just a few days.

By contrast, China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement officers in 2014.

More people were killed by American police in just the last three days than were killed in 2014 in Germany, England, Spain, Switzerland, and Iceland — combined.

Anyone see a problem with this?

Police killings have gotten so out of control that they have gained the attention of those in the mainstream. While there have been the hardcore activists at sites like KilledByPolice keeping count for almost 2 years, The Guardian has also thrown their hat into the ring of police accountability.

They have just built a comprehensive and interactive database of US police killings.

According to the Guardian:

It’s rather difficult to compare data from different time periods, according to different methodologies, across different parts of the world, and still come to definitive conclusions.

But now that we have built The Counted, a definitive record of people killed by police in the US this year, at least there is some accountability in America – even if data from the rest of the world is still catching up.

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