Senior Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett spoke out on Wednesday in the most recent incident of an unarmed Black man being killed by a white police officer while resisting arrest. The officer was indicted Wednesday. Jarrett made her statement in a response on Twitter to a grateful Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley who expressed his thanks to Jarrett and Jerry Abrahamson, the White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Thank you, Mayor Cranley. Our prayers are with the family of Samuel DuBose and the people of Cincinnati. https://t.co/wE34fpGIml
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) July 29, 2015
“Thank you, Mayor Cranley. Our prayers are with the family of Samuel DuBose and the people of Cincinnati.”
— John Cranley (@JohnCranley) July 29, 2015
“I want to thank Valerie Jarrett & Jerry Abramson from the White House for reaching out & offering help, as needed! @vj44 @Abramson44”
A news search turned up no previous White House statements about the DuBose case.
The Obama administration has shown favoritism time and again against police in these cases, even when the officers are ultimately cleared of wrong-doing.
Samuel Dubose was pulled over by University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing on July 19 for a missing front license plate and could not produce a driver’s licence for the officer. Vest camera video released Wednesday shows DuBose showing the officer the missing plate was in the glove box, but after a minute of back and forth about the status of DuBose’s license, the officer started to open the driver side door and ordered DuBose to unbuckle his seatbelt. In response, DuBose pulled the door closed, turned on the car’s engine and stepped on the gas. The officer reached in the car, then fired one shot which hit DuBose in the head as the car pulled away and the officer fell on the ground.
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The video also shows the that the officer had asked DuBose about a bottle on the floor of the car by his feet. DuBose reached down and handed the officer a hip flask sized bottle labeled Barton Gin, but the liquid inside it was a yellowish color.
CNN quoted DuBose’s sister as saying release of the vest cam video vindicated her brother and that she knew he was not the kind to flee from an officer.
“Terina Allen, DuBose’s sister, said she believed all along the body camera video would vindicate her brother.
“”My brother is one year younger than me, and I’ve known him his whole life. And I’ve known him to never ever to run from a police officer. His record, as bad as anyone wants to make it, proves he has no problem being arrested,” she said.”
CNN reported Officer Tensing’s attorney said the officer feared for his life.
Tensing’s attorney told reporters that he believes the officer feared for his life and was dragged by DuBose’s car.
“The guy jams the keys in the ignition,” Stew Mathews told CNN.
“Turns the car on, jams it in the drive and mashes the accelerator. He wasn’t slowly pulling away. (Tensing) feared for his life. He thought he was going to be sucked under the car that was pulling away from him. He thought he was going to get sucked under and killed.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer has details of the days events in Cincinnati around the DuBose case here.
WCPO-TV reported on Dubose’s background.
“According to court records, police pulled Dubose over and charged him with not having a license 13 times between 1995 and 2009. He was charged four times with not having a proper license plate on his vehicle between those dates. He was also charged with driving under suspension eight times between 2005 and 2011.
“Dubose had been charged with more than 55 offenses before his death. Some of the other charges escalated beyond traffic violations, including drug abuse, domestic violence and assault. It is important to note that being charged with a crime does not mean that someone is guilty. In many cases, court documents show Dubose paid his fines. The two assault charges were dismissed.
“Dubose’s family members said he had more than a dozen children.”
WLWT-TV reported on Prosecutor Joe Deter’s statement on the grand jury indictment of Tensing.
“Deters called the lethal use of force by Tensing asinine, unwarranted and senseless in a news conference Wednesday.
“”I have been doing this for 30 years, and this is the most asinine act by a police officer I have ever seen,” Deters said.
“”I think he lost his temper because DuBose would not get out of the car,” Deters told reporters. “You won’t believe how quickly he pulls his gun and shoots him in the head.
“”This doesn’t happen in the United States. Maybe in Afghanistan, but not in the United States,” Deters said.”
…””I’m treating him like a murderer,” Deters said.”