A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for fatally shooting a motorist during a traffic stop July 19.
It’s the first time a police officer in Cincinnati has been charged with murder for killing someone while on duty. Ray Tensing, 25, faces 15 years to life in prison if he’s convicted.
The decision came after 12 Hamilton County, Ohio, citizens reviewed evidence all day Monday as part of a grand jury investigation into the incident, which has put the city on edge and rekindled worries about the sometimes strained relationship between police and African Americans in Cincinnati.
“He purposely killed him,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. “He should never have been a police officer.”
Deters said his office reviewed hundreds of police shootings. “This is without question murder,” he said.
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