Prosecutors are using a t-shirt bearing the Confederate flag as evidence against a former University of Cincinnati police officer suspected in the death of Sam DuBose. DuBose was fatally shot in July 2015 at a traffic stop.
Ray Tensing reportedly wore the shirt under his uniform that very day, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. It reads, “Great Smokey Mountains 1934” with a flag in the center. And an image of the shirt in question was presented to jurors on Friday as Tensing faces charges for murder and voluntary manslaughter.
#RayTensing was wearing a Confederate flag T-shirt when he shot, killed #SamDuBose https://t.co/qptbNPXhmA #TensingTrial pic.twitter.com/XCZSjPdlCu
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With this case, police body cameras and substances found in DuBose’s car played key roles. But what will this new piece of evidence prove necessary for jurors to reach a fair verdict? A debate ensued among court-goers, officials, and the public on whether the shirt now creates an unrelated bias against the suspect or is a very important aspect of the crime for jurors deciding if a white officer is guilty of intentionally murdering an unarmed black driver. Nonetheless, the shirt made it into court as approved evidence