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Ex-university cop in Samuel DuBose shooting death posts bond

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing posted bond late Thursday, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts’ website.

Tensing pleaded not guilty earlier in the day to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting death of Samuel DuBose. A judge had set his bond at $1 million.

Some inside the courtroom applauded when Judge Megan Shanahan announced the bond, and she quickly admonished them and called for order in the court.

Tensing’s next court date is set for August 19.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the charges at a news conference this week.

“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make — totally unwarranted,” he said. “It’s an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless.”

Deters played body camera footage of the traffic stop shooting that appeared to contradict Tensing’s version of what happened.

The prosecutor, who said he was shocked when he first saw the video, was adamant that DuBose, who is black, had not acted aggressively toward Tensing, who is white.

“People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent towards the officer — he did not. He did not at all. I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost, and I feel sorry for the community, too,” Deters said.

A reporter asked Deters whether he thought Tensing tried to mislead investigators looking into the incident.

“Yes,” he said. “I think he was making an excuse for a purposeful killing” of DuBose, who was unarmed.

Tensing fatally shot DuBose, 43, during a July 19 traffic stop over an alleged missing license tag. The officer has said he was forced to fire his weapon after almost being run over.

His body camera video captured Tensing telling other officers soon after the shooting: “I think I’m OK. He was just dragging me. I thought I was going to get run over. I was trying to stop him.”