PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on the university’s campus police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all.
That statement and the circumstances of the shooting near the University of Cincinnati have raised questions about college police departments generally.
More universities are adding officers and arming them, insisting they can better police and protect students than municipal officers.
The July 19 shooting happened about a half-mile from campus when UC officer Ray Tensing pulled over Samuel DuBose for a missing front license plate.
Tensing was fired and pleaded not guilty. His lawyer has said he feared for his life.