Police Abuse

UC Officers Involved in Previous Death of Unarmed Black Man

Family settled in case of man Tasered and restrained at university hospital in 2010.

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Yesterday, University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing pleading not guilty to the charge of murdering Samuel DuBose. He had stopped DuBose earlier in July for not having a front license plate and shot DuBose in the head as DuBose tried to drive away.

Tensing claimed that DuBose "dragged" him as he drove off, and other officers on the scene corroborated this claim. But Tensing's body camera footage, released Wednesday when charges were announced, showed no such thing. Tensing shot DuBose immediately as he attempted to drive off. There was no dragging.

Now, The Guardian is reporting, it turns out two of the officers who backed up Tensing's story were connected to the death of an unarmed mentally ill man having an episode at the university's hospital in 2010:

Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mental health patient at Cincinnati's University hospital, suffered a psychotic episode on 20 January 2010 and was placed inside a seclusion room at the hospital by UC officers. He was then shocked with a Taser three times by an officer and placed in restraints. The father of one – son Kelly Jr – then suffered a respiratory cardiac arrest and died three days later.

In court documents obtained by the Guardian and filed by Brinson's family in a civil suit against UC police and the hospital, all seven officers are accused of using excessive force and "acted with deliberate indifference to the serious medical and security needs of Mr Brinson".

According to the lawsuit, before Brinson was placed in restraints he "repeatedly yelled that slavery was over and he repeatedly pleaded not to be shackled and not to be treated like a slave".

The documents named University of Cincinnati officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd – the same men who, in a formal report, supported officer Ray Tensing's claim that he was "dragged" by DuBose's vehicle on 19 July.

The family believes that the officers were "supposed to be fired," but obviously that didn't happen (because that hardly ever happens). The family settled their lawsuit for $638,000. Furthermore, the campus police were removed from patrolling the hospital's psych wards.

Read more about the previous case here

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  1. How many times do we see this same story? Officers kill/beat/maim a person, go unpunished, taxpayers write a check, same thing happens a few years later. It’s another part of these stories that can be cut and pasted, along with the “internal investigation found the officer had done nothing wrong” or the “acquitted of all charges at a bench trial” article.

    1. More than once sarcasmic has pointed out that his state has a law saying that all ticket revenue must go into the general fund for the state. Accordingly, tickets aren’t a high priority for his state’s police. I think states should pass laws saying that any settlements made by the state or one of its municipalities concerning the conduct of an officer of the state (police or otherwise) should be drawn first from that individual’s pension and if there is any remainder, then the individual’s wages should be garnished until it has been paid off.

      Should these laws be overturned by the courts due to union contracts, then a new law should be passed that says any individual representing the state in a contract negotiation shall similarly be held accountable for any monetary claims arising from that contract. If he should agree to a promise that every cop gets a pension no matter what, then it should be drawn first from his own pension and then his wages should be garnished until the pension obligations have been paid off. I have a feeling that contract negotiations will play out quite differently after such a law is passed.

      1. I have been following the papers and it turns out that the cops have figured out a way to turn busting people into revenue. They team up with the DEA, and then get a percentage of the loot. You’d think that would mean only big busts, but not so. They’re doing these things they call Operation Hot Spots where they roam the streets and randomly search people. It’s totally illegal because state law says they need reasonable suspicion, but so far no one has challenged it. This way they get to search people, and if the person has anything illegal on them then the cops steal everything the person has on their person. The loot is split between the feds and the locals, and nothing else happens.

        1. Of course they won’t challenge it.Who’s going to pay thousands for a lawyer to get back a few hundred dollars worth of stuff? We used to hang highwaymen, sometimes in the spring of 25.

          1. At least the highwaymen had the decency to not try telling you it was for your own good and you should thank them.

    2. Yeah at this point reason should just create a template for these stories so all the writer has to do is fill in the name of the cop, the police dept., athe town, the name of the cop’s victims, etc. It would save a lot of time.

  2. Booyah! Unions!

  3. The first rule of being dragged by a car is to shoot the driver in the head.

    1. savor these points of agreement.

    2. It’s true that this will probably result in the driver driving slower.

  4. According to the lawsuit, before Brinson was placed in restraints he “repeatedly yelled that slavery was over and he repeatedly pleaded not to be shackled and not to be treated like a slave”.

    Oh, honey. Who ain’t a slave?

    1. Massah?

  5. But the one troll on HyR the other day ASSURED us that Cincy was the bestest police department EVAR and did NOT have these kinds of issues. I believe the exact term was (wait for it) – “isolated incident”. Therefore, what you say is UNPOSSIBLE. Good day, sir!! *walks off in a huff*

    1. Have you been to Cincinnati? HAVE YOU?

      1. Unfortunately, yes. Several times. On purpose. OF MY OWN VOLITION!!!

        I’m not proud of this…

      2. Have you?

        1. UC cops are the ONLY THING standing the wave of a massive wave of nig… urban crime in Cincinnati!

      3. We kinda rented places, in Cincinnati.

    2. One can only imagine what goes unreported, as well. It is often said that many crimes go unreported; how likely is someone to report a crime when the perpetrator is a cop? Who are you going to call, the very same police who abused you in the first place?

      1. THERE IS NO POLICE ABUSE IN CINCINNATI!! Well, except for one, isolated incident! The troll ASSURED us! HE LIVES THERE!

        What more proof does anyone need?

        These stories are allllll unpossible. Utterly.

  6. How is a person being dragged by a car able to draw and shoot a pistol?

    The story shows either staggering audacity from someone who has no expectation of consequences or staggering stupidity.

    Yes, it is probably both.

    1. How is a person being dragged by a car able to draw and shoot a pistol?

      Not just draw and shoot, but shoot accurately enough to tag the driver in the head. If he was really in fear for his life he would have emptied the magazine with only a couple of rounds managing to even hit the side of the car (and emptied his bowels into his pants) in full on PANIC FIRE mode. That’s usually the first thing I look in these stories anymore: how accurately the cop was able to fire is inversely proportional to their level of fear.

      1. I’d bet the the shot was fired accidentally and just happened to hit the guy in the head.

        When the cop reaches into the car, possibly to ‘grab the keys’ or some such he has the gun in his hand; it probably went off as he was fumbling around, then they concocted the story to cover the fuck up.

  7. I know all the physical and visual evidence points to the contrary, but this was a good shoot.

    -Future grand jury

    1. NEEDZ MOAR “hth”

    2. Well who are you going to believe CJ,these brave selfless heroes, or you’re lying eyes?

      1. So you’re saying Crusty IS a set of lying eyes?

        I buy it…. 🙂

        1. I think what I’m really saying is I need more coffee. Or whiskey.

          1. Nothing wrong with a little IRISH coffee, if ya know what I’m sayin’, and I know you do.

            Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!!

            #BottomsUp

  8. Tensing claimed that DuBose “dragged” him as he drove off, and other officers on the scene corroborated this claim.

    And the obstruction of justice charges against the other officers are just waiting for the clerk’s signature, right?

    Furthermore, the campus police were removed from patrolling the hospital’s psych wards.

    Are you fucking kidding me? They had cops patrolling a psych ward? I’ve had two inpatient psych units, and this (a) never, ever happens out in the real world of consequences and giving a fuck because (b) only a complete idiot brings weapons into a psych ward and (c) handling psych patients takes a lot of training and technique.

  9. Cops lied. People died. And nothing else happened.

    1. I blame Bush

      1. I blame Reagan.

        1. As well you might.

  10. The family believes that the officers were “supposed to be fired,” but obviously that didn’t happen (because that hardly ever happens).

    I wonder why they would have thought that? Did they get something in writing as part of their settlement deal that the officer’s would be fired? If not then they’re naive, if so then seems like the UC police didn’t live up to their end of the deal. And the family was still naive for thinking they would.

    1. If it was part of the settlement agreement (unlikely), then they are free to sue again, as the city has breached the agreement and voided it.

  11. “other officers on the scene corroborated this claim”….how ? they arrived after the claimed dragging, right ?

    Getting dragged by the car is just the latest stock phrase that cops use to justify what they did.

    Furtive movement, feared for my life, “flailing” arms….just stock phrases, magic words that go into the report.

    That’s why they hate, “are you detaining me ?”…plebes who know some magic words ?

  12. RE: cops in the psych ward. It’s amazing how people attribute expertise to cops. Sort of off topic, but here in NH, cops get “detail pay” for doing traffic control for road repair projects (actually just standing around playing pocket pool, but whatever.) City of Portsmouth tried to rein this in, but agreed cops should be there when road crews were working near buried gas lines. Now what the fuck does a cop know about dealing with buried gas lines ?

    1. Well, silver lining, if one of those gas lines goes up, there will at least be a goldbricking cop in the blast zone.

  13. Since these cops have body cams, I’d be interested to see what the footage was once all the cops got on the scene and started concocting their perjury.

    Or did they remember to turn off their body cams for that?

    1. “You can’t just run body cams all day, the batteries will run out or something.” -U.C. P. D. spokesperson

  14. When are police officers ever NOT involved in the death of an unarmed black man?

  15. This thing of colleges-universities-k12 schools having their own cops is absolute insanity. It is not only unnecessary, but dangerous as Hell and it should stop immediately.

  16. The family settled their lawsuit for $638,000. Furthermore, the campus police were removed from patrolling the hospital’s psych wards.

    Did they receive any training guiding them not to kill unarmed people?

  17. DuBose wasn’t attempting to drive off when he was shot.

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