The daughter of an Ohio black man killed by a police officer referred to the recent Black Lives Matter protests over her father’s death as “baloney” Monday.
A group of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered to demand justice for Sam DuBose, an unarmed black man shot by white University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing, reports Cincinnati.com.
Dubose’s daughter, Chyna DuBose-Reid, said that the protests were not helpful.
“It’s kind of baloney to me. It is not helping at all. It’s more of a distraction than anything,” she said about the protest.
Most of the protesters were white; a black woman, Joy Rolland-Oba protested while wearing a grim reaper costume. Rolland-Oba carried a noose tied around the ghost of black man’s neck and a sign reading “Joe Deters is no friend of black people.” Deters is the Hamilton County prosecutor.
Tensing shot DuBose in the head during a traffic stop July 2015. An independent investigation revealed that the shooting was “entirely preventable” and that Tensing did not employ properly police tactics.
DuBose tried to drive away during the stop, which “did nothing to help the situation,” the report maintained. According to the report, Tensing made a series of decisions that escalated the situation, such as drawing his gun and reaching into the car.
“Tensing set in motion the fatal chain of events that led to the death of DuBose. This incident, which resulted in a tragic loss of life, was entirely preventable,” the report declared.
Protesters marched outside the courthouse, chanting “Say his name! Sam DuBose!”
“Thank you, but at the same time, I’m not sure how it helps,” Chyna said.
Tensing is currently on trial after being charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. He lost his job after fatally shooting DuBose.
In the opening statements for the trial, prosecutor Deters told the jury that Tensing admitted on tape that he intentionally shot DuBose.
“It was a murder. It was totally contrary to the training he had received,” Deters said.
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