Former officer Ray Tensing shot and killed DuBose on July 19, firing a single bullet through the open window of DuBose’s car after he pulled him over for a missing front license plate and as DuBose attempted to drive away.
Tensing told investigators that he was being dragged by DuBose when he shot him, but body camera video of the incident appears to contradict his account, which lead prosecutors to charge Tensing with murder. A date for his trial has not been set. If convicted, Tensing could go to prison for life.
“I want to again express on behalf of the University of Cincinnati community our deepest sadness and regrets at the heartbreaking loss of the life of Samuel DuBose,” University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono said in a prepared statement. “This agreement is also part of the healing process not only for the family but also for our university and Cincinnati communities.”
In an interview, DuBose’s sister said an important part of the settlement was the formation of a community advisory committee. The committee will review the results of an external audit of the university’s police department, will solicit input from the DuBose family, and ultimately recommend reforms.
“We want to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Terina DuBose, adding, that “the settlement isn’t justice. It wouldn’t be if it was $50 million. It was important to hold the university accountable, but there will be no justice until Tensing is convicted of murder.”
On the day that Tensing was charged, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters showed the video of the shooting at a press conference, calling the killing “the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make — totally unwarranted.”
Tensing’s attorney, Stew Mathews, told the Post he would be asking for a change of venue for his client, citing the publicity surrounding Deters’ statements, the release of the video, and the new publicity surrounding the university’s settlement agreement.
DuBose was one of 987 people who were shot and killed last year by police, according to a Washington Post database that tracks the on-duty incidents. The Post is again tracking fatal police shootings for 2016. So far, 38 people have died after being shot by police.
According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, 124 officers died in the line of duty last year. On Sunday, two officers died, one in Utah and another in Ohio, making them the first to die in the line of duty in 2016.
Mark Berman contributed to this report.