Ohio ex-cop who killed unarmed black man seeks reinstatement

August 1, 2017
FILE – In this June 8, 2017, file pool photo, Ray Tensing listens to a prosecutor's opening statement during the former University of Cincinnati police officer's retrial at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. The union representing Tensing, who fatally shot unarmed black motorist Sam DuBose during a July 2015 traffic stop, is moving forward with a grievance seeking his reinstatement with University of Cincinnati police and back pay, following mistrials on murder charges in November 2016 and June 2017. The university has said it doesn't intend to rehire Tensing. (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — The union representing a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop is seeking his reinstatement with University of Cincinnati police.

The notice filed by the Ohio police union seeks back pay for Ray Tensing, 27, and alleges he was improperly fired in July 2015 after killing 43-year-old Sam DuBose during a traffic stop.

The notice was placed on hold for two years as Tensing faced murder charges related to DuBose’s death. It was set back in motion after two mistrials in his criminal case, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/2voOTcc ). A prosecutor declined to pursue a third trial.

Federal authorities are reviewing whether there might have been civil rights offenses warranting prosecution in Tensing’s case.

Tensing previously said he feared he’d be hit or dragged as DuBose drove away.

Police union officials argue Tensing never had a pre-disciplinary conference before he was fired, which is in violation of the collective bargaining agreement with the university. University of Cincinnati police employees also are entitled to paid leave if they are charged with or indicted for a felony, according to the agreement.

University spokesman Greg Vehr has previously said the university has “no intention” of reversing its decision to fire Tensing.

In Tensing’s termination letter, the university said the shooting “negatively impacts your ability to function in the community or work under the colors of the university.”

Neither university officials nor the police union responded to Associated Press requests for comment.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com