CINCINNATI — Funeral services for a man fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate drew hundreds of mourners Tuesday.
UC President Santa Ono, Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black and Mayor John Cranley were among those paying respects to the family of Samuel Dubose at a Cincinnati church.
Dubose's death comes amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Dubose was black. Officer Ray Tensing is white. Authorities haven't indicated whether race is a part of the investigation.
The Associated Press and other media have filed a lawsuit seeking release of video from the July 19 traffic stop. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has refused to release body-camera footage until his investigation is completed. He also said he did not want to taint a grand jury process.
Dubose's family and others also have called for the release, and an attorney representing the family said Tuesday that he understands authorities often want to keep investigative matters private to maintain the integrity of their investigations.
"But I don't think that in a case like this, it overrides the community's right to know," attorney Mark O'Mara said outside the church.
In comments to reporters after the funeral, Dubose's mother said she wants justice for her son and believes his family has a right to see the video.
"I would like for some answers," Audrey Dubose said. "I'm not receiving any."
A few demonstrators stood across from the church on Tuesday calling for release of the video.
Tensing said he was dragged by Dubose's car and forced to shoot, according to a university police report. Tensing said in his radio call to a dispatcher that the car almost ran over him and he fired one shot, striking Dubose in the head.
Messages left for Tensing at the police department haven't been returned.