There have been a string of new updates in the case of Samuel Dubose, the Ohio man who was shot in the head by a University of Cincinnati campus police officer after a traffic stop last month.
A few weeks after Dubose was killed by Officer Ray Tensing, hundreds of family members and supporters gathered Tuesday at the Church of the Living God in Cincinnati to pay their respects.
Following the memorial, his family held a news conference to announce that George Zimmerman’s former attorney will represent them in a case against the city. Dubose’s mother, Audrey Dubose, said her family hired Mark O’Mara to get answers.
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“I want justice for my son,” his mother, Audrey Dubose, said at a news conference after the service. “I ask for answers, nobody has given me anything. I want the man that murdered my son to pay.”
O’Mara doesn’t want his infamous acquittal of Zimmerman in 2013 to overshadow the Dubose shooting. He also told reporters he’s ready to find out the truth about Tensing and Dubose’s encounter on July 18.
“Some people look and say, ‘Well, wait a minute, he represented the guy who killed a young black male and that’s the opposite of what we have here today.’” O’Mara said. “Well, honestly, I don’t think it is. I represent people who are within the court system, who are grieved in one way or another.”
Tensing’s body camera footage has been viewed by Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and City Manager Harry Black. Blackwell and Black called the footage “not good” and “disturbing.” They’re also hesitant to release the footage in fear that major protests and riots could follow.
“The video is not good,” Blackwell said. “I think the city manager has said that also publicly. I’ll leave it there. We’re concerned clearly. We’re concerned about what could happen in our city. We’re hopeful that the people of this great city are reminded that we do things right and that even when an officer may have done something inappropriate that it will be dealt with in an appropriate fashion.”
Black added Dubose didn’t deserve to lose his life in the encounter.
“It’s not a good situation,” Black said. “It’s a tragic situation, someone has died that did not necessarily need to die.”
The video will not be released until the investigation is fully completed. O’Mara says the family won’t stop fighting to get the footage released, and hope to do so as soon as this week.