The public is in the dark about video footage purporting to show a University of Cincinnati police officer fatally shooting an unarmed man this week, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, City Hall and the university refused yesterday to release the footage Wednesday, despite the public’s continuing to call for answers and threats of a lawsuit from the Enquirer for potential violation of state open records laws. “We have to do the right thing, and that doesn't mean blasting it all over the media when we haven't completed our interviews, received the coroner's report or results of the ballistics test,” Deters said. “I'm not going to jeopardize my investigation.”
The investigation into what led officer Ray Tensing to fatally shoot Samuel Dubose, 43, during a traffic stop on Sunday is moving quickly, Deters said. The prosecutor plans to present preliminary findings of his investigation to a grand jury today. Deters said he has reviewed all video footage, but declined to comment when asked to discuss specifics about the content. He said his investigation will be completed by the end of next week. The government's withholding of the footage is a violation of the Ohio Public Records Act, Enquirer attorney Jack Greiner said. He sent letters to the city and the university yesterday demanding the footage from Tensing's body camera and a security camera from a nearby building be released immediately.