The University of Cincinnati's settlement with the family of slain motorist Sam DuBose involves money, tuition for his 12 children, an on-campus memorial, an apology and a role for the family in campus matters relating to police reform, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. In the end, it's really about healing, family representatives said after the agreement was announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Mark O'Mara, an attorney for the DuBose family, said no one can bring back Sam DuBose, who died during a traffic stop exactly a half-year ago that put Cincinnati in the national discussion over police violence against black men. “They've lost somebody through a tragedy that was completely avoidable,” O'Mara said. “Now, they're part of this special group of people that have their black family members killed by cops.”
Then-University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing has been charged with murder in connection with DuBose's shooting death during a July 19 traffic stop. Police had said initially Tensing shot DuBose because he was being dragged by the vehicle. In indicting Tensing, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said video evidence shows this was not the case, instead calling the fatal shooting “without question a murder.” Details of the settlement include payment to the DuBose family of $4.85 million, tuition-free UC undergraduate education for DuBose's 12 children, an on-campus memorial to DuBose, an apology from UC President Santa Ono, and an invitation for DuBose's family to participate in Community Advisory Committee meetings aimed at creating comprehensive reform in the university police department. The undergraduate education for the 12 children, which covers tuition and fees, is valued at about $500,000.