Ray Tensing: Passenger from another stop says ex-UC officer shouldn't have questioned him

CINCINNATI -- Demetrius Pace didn't think Ray Tensing had a right to ask for personal information when Pace was the passenger in a car Tensing stopped.

Pace was in the passenger seat of Sexton Henley's car in May 2014, less than a month after Tensing joined the University of Cincinnati Police Department.

Tensing said he stopped Henley because the car's bumper was dragging.

IN DEPTH: How Tensing acted, who he stopped in June 2015

He then spent several minutes trying to get Pace to identify himself, arguing with the passenger over whether he's required to do so.

Tensing: "I need your name..."

Pace: "Demetrius."

Tensing: "Your date of birth."

Pace: "I'm not giving you that."

Tensing: "OK, if you refuse to identify yourself, we have a charge..."

Pace: "What's the charge?"

Tensing: "Refusing to identify -- you have to provide..."

Pace: "I told you my name."

Tensing: "Why do you keep interrupting me? You asked me a question."

The officer then asked Pace to get out of the car.

Pace: "What's the charge?"

Tensing: "Step out of the car."

Pace: "What am I stepping out of the car for?"

Tensing: "Because I asked you to."

Pace: "What am I stepping out of the car for?

Tensing: "Step out of the car."

Under Ohio law, anyone must identify themselves if they're suspected of committing a crime or witnessing a felony offense. However, even if Tensing suspected Pace witnessed Henley get into a hit-and-run crash, the offense is a misdemeanor.

Watch the entire exchange below:

"I felt like through the whole encounter, I shouldn't have even been questioned," Pace told WCPO. "He should have dealt specifically with the driver."

Later in the video, he and Henley became frustrated and asked for Tensing's supervisor.

Pace: "We're asking for your supervisor."

Tensing: "It doesn't matter. Just because you ask I have to provide you..."

Pace: "Are we free to go? Can you write the ticket so we can go?"

Tensing: "You're not free to go right now."

Pace: "What are we doing then?"

Tensing: You're being detained right now."

Pace: "For what? We're being detained for this?"

Tensing: "You guys wanted a supervisor?"

Pace: "It don't matter."

Tensing's shift supervisor eventually arrived and defused the situation. Henley was given a ticket for the bumper -- an equipment violation -- and sent on his way.

Supervisor: "If you have any questions, please exercise all rights you wish with the system, OK?"

Henley: "Yes sir."

Supervisor: "OK, that's all we've got."

Tensing: "I'm going to close your door here, OK?"

Henley: "It's perfectly fine, sir."

In his evaluation from the university's police department, Tensing was documented as being professional and knowledgeable in traffic stops. Cincinnati Police Maj. Tim Thorton said the city's police department is looking into whether anyone filed a complaint from Pace's incident or any other of Tensing's traffic stops.

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