Hours after a Hamilton County judge set bond at $1 million on Thursday for the University of Cincinnati police officer indicted in the death of an unarmed motorist, Ray Tensing posted bond and was released from the jail, Cincinnati reports.
Tensing’s father posted $100,085 — 10 percent of the hefty bail.
The now formerUCPD officer was placed in a protective unit during his brief stay at the facility and was under “near-constant” surveillance. Prisoners were not shown any news coverage of Tensing’s indictment so as not to inflame emotions, according to Hamilton County court and jail services division commander, Maj. Charmaine McGuffey. Via Cincinnati:
“He was on a suicide watch – it’s called a security watch,” McGuffey said. “He was checked every 10 minutes. The officer is literally sitting in the unit with him documenting every 10 minutes that he is within his sight and that he is OK.”
“I chose last night to show a movie,” McGuffey said. “It is not a good idea to have our prisoners be upset, inflamed, agitated in any way, and if the news media is going to repeat and repeat and repeat something that is going to agitate and inflame the control and custody of this place – I had a concern about that so we showed a movie.”
Just that morning, Judge Megan Shanahan set Tensing’s bail at $1 million. A day before, a grand jury indicted Tensing in the death of Samuel DuBose, an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot during a traffic stop last month. Tensing now faces a murder charge. Graphic video of the incident, captured by the former officer’s body camera, shows Tensing shooting the father of 10 after a brief encounter. The video also dismantles Tensing’s original police report, which stated he was dragged by the vehicle, prompting him to shoot.
If convicted, the 25-year-old could face 15 years to life in prison.
SOURCE: Cincinnati | VIDEO SOURCE: NDN