Family of Samuel DuBose to Receive $4.85 Million From University of Cincinnati

The family of Samuel DuBose, the black man slain by a University of Cincinnati police officer in July, has settled with the University for $4.85 million.

The settlement was announced on Martin Luther King day and includes free undergraduate tuition for DuBose's 12 children, an on-campus memorial and a formal apology from the University. 

Additionally, the DuBose family has been invited to participate in the university's community action council on police reform.

Ray Tensing, the officer who shot and killed DuBose, has been charged with murder. His trial date, however, has not yet been set. Potential witnesses for the defense were announced earlier this month. 

Tensing stopped DuBose on July 19 for a missing front license plate. The interaction was recorded by Tensing's body cam. Tensing was indicted a mere ten days later. 

"I've been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make — totally unwarranted," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters at the time. "It's an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless."

If convicted, Tensing could face life in prison. 


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