Officer Charged With DuBose Killing Appears to Be Seen in Heated 2014 Stop

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By Emmanuelle Saliba, Euronews and Elisha Fieldstadt

The University of Cincinnati cop charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black driver appears to have been involved in another contentious exchange during a 2014 traffic stop.

Officer Ray Tensing, who was indicted for murder Wednesday in the death of Samuel Dubose on July 19, appears to be in a video captured by a passenger in a car pulled over by campus officers, said a university spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman could not definitively confirm that one of the officers was Tensing because the video does not belong to the university.


Demetrius Pace, 27, told NBC News that he was the passenger who filmed the heated May 2014 stop, which was set off by the car's dragging bumper.

The officer asks Pace and the driver, Sexton Henley, if they have been in an accident. They say no, and then the officer asks Pace to identify himself.

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Pace says his first name and refuses to give his birthday, citing his "rights."

Under Ohio law, a police officer can ask for identification of anyone who is suspected of committing a crime or witnessing a felony offense.

The officer then asks Pace to step out of the car. He refuses and asks what the charge is, leading the officer to ask: "Why do you keep interrupting me?"

The two men in the car request a supervisor, and the officer tersely responds, "Just because you ask means I have to provide it to you?"

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The officer then tells the men they will receive a citation for an "equipment violation." But it isn't immediately issued and the men are told they are being detained.

When a supervisor does arrive, the officers who originally made the stop say very little.

Pace described the interaction as “a bad experience” and said the officer was "antsy." He also said he regrets not getting the officers’ information to file a complaint after the stop.

"I feel like anytime I have an interaction with a cop, it could be my last day,” Pace said. “I should not feel like that.”

The entire stop lasted over 20 minutes, although not all of it is seen on camera. The supervisor ultimately determined that there had not been an accident that night involving a vehicle matching the description of Henley’s car.