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Police Chief: Footage of Death ‘Not Good’

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said the unreleased footage from a University of Cincinnati officer’s body camera during a fatal shooting last week is “not good.”

“The video is not good,” Blackwell told WCPO News. “I think the city manager has said that also publicly. I’ll leave it there.”

After meeting with faith leaders early Monday, Blackwell spoke to the local news outlet about the shooting death of 43-year-old Sam Dubose by UC Officer Ray Tensing during a routine traffic stop.

“I don’t want to put my personal feelings out prematurely,” Blackwell said. “I just hope that the right thing continues to be done in this investigation and that we’re able to move forward from this and allow this to be a moment of learning and teaching for our city.”

City Manager Harry Black also talked about the body camera video. He called the incident “tragic,” and stated that “someone has died that did not necessarily need to die.”

Officials say Tensing shot and killed Dubose after pulling him over. What led to the fatal shooting remains unclear.

An incident report stated Tensing was “dragged” by Dubose’s vehicle. The chief also noted the possibility of unrest once the video is released.

The case is with the grand jury, which is expected to make a decision by the end of this week.

Check back for updates.