The Politics of the DuBose Shooting in Cincinnati: Crimes driven by fear, stupidity, and the mob

I’ve said on many occasions that one of the biggest problems with police forces, particularly traffic cops, is that often they are staffed by young kids looking to prove their manhood, and that there are quotas driving their job performance. That is clearly the case with 25-year-old University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing who shot Samuel DuBose in the head on July 19th setting off a nationwide analysis over race relations centered this time on the Midwest city of Cincinnati. Tensing pulled over DeBose for missing a front license plate then discovered alcohol in the passenger’s side floorboard and that the driver could not produce a driver’s license which are all big problems. For the traffic cop, it is a number of citations that prove he did his job for the day and was easy pickings for a nice healthy fine in a court of law. DuBose was doing all kinds of things wrong culminating when he reached for the ignition to drive away when he realized that he was busted without his license. When he made a move to do something other than what Tensing was instructing, it set off the immature over-reaction that most officers are trained with provoking Tensing to prove to his peers that he was worthy of the badge. So he shot DeBose dead. As bad as all that was, it wasn’t the worst of it.

Of course the thing to do would have been for Tensing to arrest DeBose once he got home; after all he had the license number, so there wasn’t far for the driver to go, and not many places to hide. Sure, the other officers would have chided the young officer for not containing his suspect, but everyone would have been alive to conduct themselves another day. Tensing was always in control and fully in the right to make the traffic stop. When it comes to cops, you have to assume they are all trigger happy idiots ready to shoot you in a moment. I treat them that way all the many times I’ve been pulled over, knowing they are always looking for a reason to pull the trigger on someone. Tensing obviously was adding up the elements in his head, the missing license plate, the alcohol, the missing driver’s license and assumed there was likely a gun somewhere in the car. I would have thought that, so any sudden moves would likely provoke that adrenaline which always accompanies that kind of activity. DeBose should have known that. He was in his 40s and had been around. You don’t make sudden moves around jumpy cops. It’s just not a good idea—they are like snakes, and will strike in a moment like the trained animals they are. So between the two guys, DeBose and Tensing, there was plenty of stupidity to go around.

Then came the real trouble, prosecutor Joe Deters pushed for a murder indictment against Tensing hoping to throw red meat to the national protestors who were pouring into Cincinnati looking to turn the Queen City into another Ferguson or Baltimore. Deters to appeal toward Mayor Cranley provided an expansion of the jurisdiction of the Cincinnati Police Department into the territory of the U.C. police taking shots at their lack of professionalism as a cause and corrective action. CPD after all had integrated many progressive measures in the wake of the previous riots within the city to avoid setting off the black community—as DeBose was a man of color. So the strategy of Deters was to expand the reach of CPD making Cranley happy while keeping the protestors happy with the red meat of a sacrificed officer. Clearly Cranley and Deters wanted more than anything to avoid mass riots instigated by communist insurgents, funded by George Soros, so they tossed the kid Tensing to the curb with a murder charge.

Repeatedly in an interview with Katie Couric on Yahoo News, Cranley told the world that CPD did not think it was appropriate to pull over people of color for missing license plates or driver’s licenses—that those are crimes they have decided to let go. This gives the criminal element what they need, confirmation that the CPD would rather avoid controversy then law enforcement and that the acts of intimidation against the city by groups of radicals has more power—and that they should stay the course by demanding more relief from law enforcement. Cranley came out sounding like a wet noodle soaked in pig fat—obviously more afraid of city-wide protests than in pursuing justice for criminal activity. That should really help investment into Cincinnati knowing that the inmates are running the asylum within the city limits. Smart.

Deters with all his tough talk to the contrary was clearly playing politics with the situation. He held onto the video weighing out all the elements to see how the mob would play their side. As national organizations poured into Cincinnati in the days immediately after July 19th, he pulled the trigger on Tensing with just the same lack of courage as the young cop had. The traffic cop panicked and shot his citation in the head out of fear—Deters prosecuted the officer out of fear of mass riots. All parties acted out of fear, not logic.

Without question, Tensing shouldn’t just walk away into the sunset, but a murder conviction implies that the officer got up for work that day planning to murder someone and that he was using traffic stops to commit the crime. Deters should know better, but like Tensing, his judgment is clouded by fear. The cause of that fear is the real villain. A traffic stop of a man of color that is missing license plates and has stashes of alcohol tucked by the seat is a sign of worse things. If that guy would rather run away than get out of the car and explain himself, there was something he was hiding. So a jumpy officer pulled the trigger rather than showing a little courage to find out the deeper story. But Deters and Cranley did far worse; they let the criminal element know what they can and can’t get away with, and showed that they feared more the mobs within black communities more than the protests of their unionized work force. Deters calculated that the union of the CPD would outrank the University of Cincinnati Police by expanding their territory shutting up their protests of eating their own to appease the mob, so everyone won, except for Tensing. As the trigger man, he is to be sacrificed as an immature kid who murdered in cold blood. All references to the many crimes of DeBose were cast aside so not to provoke the communist influenced mob. And that makes this whole case utterly disgusting.

The bad guys are winning. That’s not to say DeBose was a bad guy. I think he was just a guy living in the cracks who had such disregard for the law that he didn’t care if he had a license plate of proof of a driver’s license. Let alone proof of insurance. The bar has been set so low that those expectations are no longer possible within city limits for fear of setting off race riots. But out in the suburbs where I live, if I have a front license plate and driver’s license, just see what happens if I fail to produce proof of insurance. All hell would break loose—bet on it. It has nothing to do with color, but everything to do with values. White suburbanites likely won’t gather together to protest the local police force if something goes wrong, where communist infiltration into the black communities of poor inner city dwellers seek to advance a political agenda on the backs of every imposition. So as stupid as it was to shoot the poor guy in the head over a traffic stop, Deters did far worse; they threw more fuel on the fire, not toward the insurgents and their protests, but toward their overall intent—strategically–to paralyze white America behind a veil of guilt into inaction, so that they can move their troops against capitalism and value to topple the system with inaction. Mayor Cranley has shown to what extent he is already influenced into that inaction. And now we all see just how bad it really is—and who is really running Cincinnati. It’s not the elected officials—it’s the mob.

Rich Hoffman


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