Media sue for video in Ohio fatal traffic-stop shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — A lawsuit to force a prosecutor to release video from a University of Cincinnati police officer’s fatal shooting of a motorist during a traffic stop was filed Friday by The Associated Press and other media.


The lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus follows numerous unfulfilled requests to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit, which also includes plaintiffs The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati television stations WCPO, WXIX, WKRC and WLWT, asks the court to order Deters to publicly release the video.


The FOIA requests and the lawsuit seek all video related to UC Officer Ray Tensing’s July 19 shooting of Samuel Dubose, 43. The lawsuit states that withholding the video violates Ohio’s open records laws.


The prosecutor has no valid excuse for refusing to permit the media and the public to inspect and copy the video, and “no valid excuse for failing to comply with Ohio law,” the lawsuit states.


Alexander Shelton, 25, a student at the University of Cincinnati, holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters’ office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a university police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won’t release the video until the investigation into Sunday’s shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)