Ohio prosecutor: police shooting in traffic stop clearly murder

Javier Howell
June 9, 2017

Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday, followed by testimony from the first witnesses in the retrial of Ray Tensing.

She said he disregarded his police training during the traffic stop.

The shooting was caught on the former officer's body camera, the footage from which contradicted his claims that DuBose drove off and dragged Tensing in an attempt to get away.

A former University of Cincinnati police officer faces a second trial on Thursday on charges that he murdered an unarmed black motorist in a 2015 shooting that sparked debate about US law enforcement's use of excessive force.

Another excluded juror in the retrial criticized the University of Cincinnati police and said they should "never be allowed off campus".

"This all happened so quickly that instinctively Ray Tensing did the only thing he could do to save his own life", Mathews added. Opening statements were set to begin in court on Thursday. The vehicle started rolling forward slowly, and with his arm pinned against the steering wheel, according to his lawyer, Tensing pulled his gun and fired once.

Mathews said DuBose "wouldn't have ended up shot" if he had complied with Tensing's orders and hadn't attempted to flee.

"Mr. Tensing was not trapped", she said.

The jury consists of seven white women, two African-American women, two white men, and one African-American man.

By comparison, the first trial jury consisted of six white women, four white men, and two African-American women.

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