Sam DuBose was shot and killed by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing on July 19. The police officer charged with murder and arraigned on a $1 million bond, claims he fired his gun at DuBose in self-defense. Not much is known about DuBose other than a few details shared by his family at a press conference and what the country witnessed on Tensing’s body cam recording leading up to the fatal shooting.
Samuel DuBose was reportedly arrested 75 times over the course of his life. None of the charges were reportedly for violent crime. Relatives and friends describe DuBose as “peaceful,” “fragile” and “frail.” During a brief interview after the shooting with his son, the boy told the media that his dad has “more than 12 children.” DuBose reportedly has 13 children.
According to court records shared via WCPO News, Sam DuBose was charged him with driving without a license 13 times between 1995 and 2009. He was charged reportedly with driving without a license plate on his vehicle four times during dates. DuBose was charged with driving under suspension between 2005 and 2011 a total of eight times.
“We were so concerned about him being sick. Sam has been sick for a while. He did not have no fight in him. Nothing. He was just so weak. To take his life – his life was – I mean he was very fragile,” long-time friend Hadassah Homas said when describing Samuel DuBose. The friend did not offer details about the sickness and did not note whether or not the bottle of unopened gin shown in the Ray Tensing body cam video belonged to the DuBose.
“He was meek and mild and so peaceful. There’s no way he could struggle and fight,” cousin Ebony Johnson said about Samuel after the shooting.
DuBose reportedly worked as a music producer and artist. He has spent time in prison on marijuana trafficking charges. According to Johnson, Sam has “worked toward being drug-free” for the last two years.
“You could just see it,” Johnson added. “He was maintaining and he was living his heart. He paid his time, and now he’s gone.”
“He loved life. He loved freedom. He was impossible,” Sam’s mother, Audrey DuBose, said during his funeral service. “But he brought me so much joy. As much aggravation as he brought, he brought joy.”
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