(CINCINNATI, OH, 7/29/15) – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) today welcomed news of charges brought against University of Cincinnati Police officer Ray Tensing for the murder of Samuel Dubose, an unarmed African-American man, during a traffic stop.
Dubose was pulled over by Officer Tensing on July 19 for not having a license tag installed on the front of his car.Â When Mr. Dubose indicated that he did not want to get out of the car after requested to do so by Officer Tensing, the officer immediately pulled his weapon and shot Dubose in the head. The officerâ€™s body cam captured the entire incident including the shooting.
This police-involved shooting of an unarmed, non-violent citizen is one of many that have shocked the country recently.
In a statement, CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub said:
â€œAll citizens, regardless of color, ethnicity or religion, have the right to expect fair and unbiased treatment from their communityâ€™s police officers. Police profiling and killing of community members without cause is a very serious problem that destroys trust between police and the communities they are sworn to protect.â€
Cincinnati-area religious organizations, community groups and the victimâ€™s family are calling for calm and prayers. While peaceful protests are expected, the University of Cincinnati has closed its main campus today out of fear of possible unrest.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.Â Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.