Former University of Cincinnati “hero” Ray Tensing has of course been cleared of murder charges after two mistrials for the death of an unarmed black man during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate.
Now he’ll receive $344,000 in back pay and legal fees from his former employer.
“I realize this agreement will be difficult for our community,” Neville said. “I am nevertheless hopeful that we can focus on supporting each other as members of the same Bearcat family – even, perhaps especially, if we don’t agree.”University President Neville Pinto announced the payment Thursday in a statement.
Tensing was tried twice on murder charges that stemmed from the shooting of Sam DuBose, and each trial ended in a hung jury. Tensing shot and killed DuBose during a traffic stop on July 19, 2015, that was initiated by Tensing for a missing front license plate.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters dropped the charges after the second mistrial.
The payout by UC is the result of a contractual grievance filed by Tensing, who will receive $244,230 in back pay, along with $100,000 for legal fees.
As part of the agreement, Tensing agreed not only to resign, but to never return in any employment capacity with the university.
But he’s free to resume “duty” as a “hero,” of course.
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