Cincin­nati braces for racially charged trial

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Un­der tight court­house se­cu­rity and close mon­i­tor­ing by lo­cal of­fi­cials con­cerned about keep­ing the peace, jury se­lec­tion be­gins Tues­day for the mur­der trial of a white univer­sity po­lice of­fi­cer charged with killing an un­armed black man dur­ing a traf­fic stop.

Ray Tens­ing, 26, fa­tally shot Sam DuBose, 43, last year af­ter pulling him over for a miss­ing front li­cense plate near the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati. The Hamil­ton County pros­e­cu­tor called Tens­ing’s ac­tions “asi­nine” and “sense­less” in an­nounc­ing the of­fi­cer’s in­dict­ment and re­leas­ing a po­lice body cam­era video.

An out­side re­view com­mis­sioned by the univer­sity said the now-fired of­fi­cer showed poor po­lice tac­tics in an “en­tirely pre­ventable” fa­tal shoot­ing.

De­fense at­tor­ney Ste­wart Mathews has said Tens­ing feared get­ting dragged un­der DuBose’s car as he tried to drive away. And le­gal ex­perts say ju­rors of­ten want to give po­lice the ben­e­fit of the doubt in deadly force cases.

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