Ohio campus police officer indicted for killing black man due in court

Ohio campus police officer indicted for killing black man due in court
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CINCINNATI - A former Cincinnati campus police officer arrested in the murder of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate was due in court on Thursday to face charges.

Ray Tensing, 25, was indicted on Wednesday on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 19 death of Samuel Dubose, 43, who was shot in the head during a traffic stop. Tensing was scheduled to appear in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) The incident was the latest in a series of fatal police confrontations across the United States that have raised questions about police use of force against minorities.

A body-camera video Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters played for reporters on Wednesday showed how the traffic stop escalated into deadly violence. After failing to provide a driver's license at Tensing's request, Dubose tried to prevent Tensing from opening the car door as the officer ordered him to remove his seat belt.

The car started slowly rolling forward as Tensing reached in and yelled for him to stop. The officer then pulled his gun and fired once, killing Dubose.

Deters said Tensing was not dragged by the car, as the officer had reported, but instead fell backwards after shooting Dubose in the head. Deters said Tensing should have let Dubose drive away as the officer had his license plate number already.

Tensing faces life in prison if convicted. Tensing was fired by the university police on Wednesday.

Deters said his office was investigating a second officer who had backed Tensing's version of the traffic stop. At a rally late Wednesday, some protesters called for other university officers involved in the traffic stop to be punished in some way.

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