COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The video showing University of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing shooting and killing motorist Samuel Dubose is shocking to those who see it.
Ohio State University student Kossi Houngbedji is from Togo, West Africa.
“It’s kind of frightening to me, especially being African-American.”
He saw the video for the first time tonight and fears for his friends who attend the University of Cincinnati.
“I think directly of them, what if this happens to one of them. How would I feel directly about that? How sad would that be,” he said.
OSU police receive the same training as Columbus police and Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies. And the department is accredited by CALEA, or The Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.
Once a member of the OSU student government, Lisa Combs said OSU police do an outstanding job protecting students and faculty.
“They do have joint jurisdiction with the City of Columbus,” said Combs. “So even if you are in the off-campus area, university police can respond.”
But Houngbedji said he feels OSU police sometimes step over the line, citing their interaction with students after the Buckeyes won the national championship.
“People are just frightened with campus police and feel uncomfortable around them,” he said. “So I feel like it’s a negative connotation to have on campus when they are supposed to be protecting and serving the community.”