TTAG reader Richard Cuellar writes:
If you’ve been following the news lately, you probably saw the body cam video of University of Cincinatti officer Ray Tensing shooting Sam Dubose during a traffic stop about a month ago. And you probably also saw the torrent of commentary about the video claiming it shows a cold blooded execution and attempted cover up. A grand jury returned an indictment for murder in the first degree, and the Hamilton county prosecutor declared quite publicly that his office would pursue the charges with extreme prejudice. The defense, meanwhile, claims officer Tensing’s account of the incident is accurate, and intends to prove it in court . . .
With all of the conspiracy theories and conflicting accounts that seem to surround this case, I gave the video a closer look to see if there might be some evidence that contradicts the prosecutor’s version of events. To be honest, I had a problem with the whole premise of the case; why would a man execute another man on camera and try to lie about it? And why would the responding officers immediately support the officer’s claim? I had been told these things were facts by liberal and conservative pundits alike for days, and the prosecutor practically sentenced him at the press conference, so I expected to see some blatant and obvious lying and malfeasance. Instead, I saw a lot of things that didn’t really jive with the prevailing narrative, and committed myself to sharing those things with you.
I must say, after reviewing all of the publicly available evidence, I am quite appalled at the shoddy way some supposedly professional news organizations have “analyzed” this footage. In fact, as I dug deeper and deeper into the entire case, it became apparent that the prosecutors were working with an incomplete set of facts. Ultimately, I became convinced that officer Tensing was justified in shooting Sam Dubose.
Attached is a video I made, detailing all of the things I found in my frame by frame breakdown. I think you will find it quite a bit more detailed than most commentary you will find on the incident. It is presented as a case for ex-officer Tensing’s acquittal. I’m sure it could be quite controversial if it gets around, but I want people to know that there is a real case to be made for a not guilty verdict, and not to be surprised if or when that happens.
So, I submit it to the AI for scrutiny. Give it a look, and tell me what you think. Did I get something or other terribly wrong? Or am I right to feel like there is trouble ahead in Ohio?’