The family of Samuel DuBose, who was killed in a shooting by a University of Cincinnati police officer last year, said they are not happy with the wrongful death settlement reached with the school this week, but it's not the money that's the issue.
Mark O'Mara, the family's attorney, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that, although the $4.85 million
civil settlement will help immensely, it does not bring back DuBose.
"It’s difficult, so very personal to the families. Every one of these families that I’ve been involved with and, more importantly, every one that I’ve known about and talked to in other cases that I’ve been witness the past couple years — every one of them — it could be $50 million, they’re not, nor should they be, happy with it," O'Mara told the newspaper. "They’ve lost somebody through a tragedy that was completely avoidable. Now, they’re part of this special group of people that have their black family members killed by cops."
DuBose, 43, died July 19 after he was shot by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing while attempting to leave the scene of a traffic stop for a missing front license plate, according to WLWT-TV.
Tensing's attorney has said the officer fired because he feared he could have been dragged under DuBose's car, the television station noted. Tensing is currently facing murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, according to The Enquirer.
The settlement, which was announced Monday, also includes a free undergraduate UC education for DuBose's 12 children (an estimated $500,000 value), an on-campus memorial, an apology from university president Santa J. Ono, and an invitation for the family to participate in committee meetings aimed at reforming the university's police department, according to The Enquirer.
DuBose's sister, Terina DuBose-Allen, told the newspaper
that the settlement will now allow the family to take a step forward as they continue to grieve the death.
"We're not happy, we're not satisfied — those aren't the words," DuBose-Allen said. "The settlement means we're moving forward and we can heal."
Brian Taylor, an organizer with the Black Lives Matter movement in Cincinnati, told The Enquirer that the settlement came about because of pressure on the university.
"It's a complete result, a culmination of the family's refusal to give up, the sustained protests and pressure, not just here but across the country, the indignation, and the actual facts of the case," Taylor said.
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