"He never should have been a police officer." That was Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' harsh assessment on Wednesday of officer Ray Tensing, who was fired from his job as a University of Cincinnati police officer that very day after he was indicted in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose. Now, the union that represents the University of Cincinnati force wants him to continue to be a police officer: It's demanding he get his job back. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on the Fraternal Order of Police-Ohio Labor Council's reasoning: that Tensing was fired without just cause (the union argues that an "indictment is not a conviction") and that he wasn't granted the due process rights that his contract provides (specifically, that he should have had a pre-disciplinary hearing).
Union rep Thomas Fehr also says the school didn't give Tensing a "copy of the formal charges" as required. The grievance, filed Thursday, asks that Tensing's job be restored immediately, and that the officer "be made whole for all back pay and benefits." Fehr says that Tensing is aware of the move the union was making, and that "he wanted it done." The university's stance, by way of a rep: It "stands by its decision to terminate Officer Ray Tensing." In other news on the case, Deters yesterday said that "no charges are warranted" for the two University of Cincinnati police officers who arrived at the scene just after Tensing shot DuBose, reports the AP. (Read more on the case.)