Friday, July 31, 2015


This is a video of an encounter with someone who appears to be Officer Tensing of the University of Cincinnati police department a little over a year ago when he had been on the job for just about a month:

What the actual fuck?

Why is he doing this? What does he think he will accomplish? Where does an officer's need to feed his ego and authority come from?

Ray Tensing is the officer who killed Sam Dubose in an incident very similar to this one. Ray Tensing is charged with murder but is out on bail because his father, a Cincinnati fireman, came up with the $100,000 surety on his son's million dollar bail. Tensing was fired from the UC police department but demands his job back.

 WCPO would like you to believe he was always polite...


  1. Wow. What a fucking pig. Tensing even looks the Nazi part. It's really tragic he wasn't stopped before he killed Sam Dubose. The guys who video'd this are really brave and knowledgeable about their rights and how to move or not move. The ACLU used to have have a "bust card" you could carry in your wallet, but I can't seem to find it. I guess it's all on-line now? Their website does have a "know your rights" page, which people, especially those "of color," should download and study.

    What the fuck, indeed. Thanks for linking that video. Where did you find it?

  2. "[...] It was documented this week by that the month of July has been one of the most deadly in years, in regards to police murders. The website has recorded 121 police killings in the past month alone, and it is likely that there were even a few additional cases to slip through the cracks. Each case that has been recorded by the site is fully sourced, with the name of the victim and links to the news stories about their death.[...]"

  3. Yep.

    Sorry, I've been engaged elsewhere lately. I'll try to post an update soon.

    But you both have it just right. Tensing is way off in Nazi-land (or wishes he were), and yes, July was a horrible month for police killings. August is looking to match July's numbers if not exceed them.

    Something is going on. Police killings may be peaking before an inevitable decline due to orders going out to stop it --- a cease fire of sorts.

    That's what happened in Albuquerque after months of protest over a seemingly endless litany of police killings. When the DoJ released its scathing report after James Boyd was killed (a report that didn't include his killing, BTW) the police killed at an even greater pace than before, five killings between April and July of last year.

    And then they stopped.

    Suddenly. Without explanation and without much notice by the media or the public. The killings (by APD) stopped. (State police and county sheriffs are a somewhat different matter... but their numbers were always way lower than APD's kill-rate.)

    After than one killing in July of last year -- a killing which was pretty outrageous when examined objectively -- APD did not kill anyone until January of this year, though there was a Blue on Blue incident that continues to generate side-eye and controversy. The January killing came just after the DA filed charges against the two officers who killed James Boyd. Then there wasn't another APD killing until just this month when a fellow was shot and killed by APD just as the preliminary hearing on the Boyd case was getting under way.

    I don't see this as coincidence.

    APD is making a definite statement: they'll lay off lethal force so long as officers are not subject to criminal sanction for past use of lethal force. That's the "deal." The Boyd case is a spanner in the works, and as long as Sandy and Perez (Boyd's killer cops) are subject to criminal trial, APD will periodically "remind" everyone that they can -- and will -- kill when they choose to.

    The current spate of killings by cops might be a similar phenomenon to the spike in killings in Albuquerque after the DoJ report. And it might be related to the fact that more and more police are being held to account, arrested, even charged with actual crimes, for the use of lethal force against the public.

    We'll see.