Unarmed Black Man Fatally Shot by Cincinnati Police Officer

| by Maura Turcotte

Yet another apparently unarmed black man has been shot by a police officer -- in this case, in Cincinnati on Sunday after a father of 13 tried to elude a cop, who had pulled him over for driving without a license plate, reports the Daily Mail.

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing saw that Samuel Dubose was driving without a front license plate Sunday evening and signaled for him to pull over. The 43-year-old Dubose continued to drive for another mile until he stopped the car. However, when the officer asked several times to see his license, Dubose reportedly handed Tensing a bottle of alcohol. Tensing asked Dubose to get out of the car, but the man did not comply.

“There was a struggle at the door with Mr. Dubose in the vehicle and the officer outside the vehicle, and the vehicle sped away,” Cincinnati police Lt. Col. James Whalen explained, documents the Daily Mail.

Tensing then fired his gun, hitting Dubose in the head. The man, who leaves behind 13 children, died on the scene. Whalen confirmed that Dubose was in fact unarmed, according to The Washington Post.

Cincinnati police have launched an investigation into the incident. Tensing was wearing a body camera at the time and the police have also received footage from several nearby buildings. Meanwhile, the officer has been put on administrative leave with pay, reports the Daily Mail.

The Washington Post reports that Dubose had more than 60 arrests in the county, including for driving without a license, joyriding, and having windows tinted too dark, as well as a misdemeanor drug possession. However, the incident leaves many upset.

According to CNN, Dubose’s mother, Audrey, said, "Know that my son was not a violent person. My son ... he got stopped a lot but he never tried to fight." She added that her son was "full of love."

“People are losing their lives over not having a license plate,” Cierra Carter, a student of the University of Cincinnati, remarked to the Cincinnati Enquirer, The Washington Post reports. “Those are not offenses worth dying for.”

According to The Washington Post, over 530 people have been killed by police officers in the United States in the last year. Of that number, 21 were unarmed African Americans.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN, The Washington Post / Photo Source: The Guardian