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University of Cincinnati cop Ray Tensing pleads not guilty in traffic stop slaying

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the case of the July 19 fatal shooting of a motorist after a traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati police officer (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing wore a striped jail uniform at his arraignment Thursday. Bond was set at $1 million.

Tensing was indicted Wednesday in the July 19 death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters scoffed at Tensing's claim that he was dragged by DuBose's car, saying the officer "purposely killed him."

Tensing's attorney says his client feared for his life and didn't intend to kill DuBose.

DuBose's death comes amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Tensing is white and DuBose is black. Authorities so far have not focused on race in the death.

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8:30 a.m.

The NAACP says the indictment of a white University of Cincinnati policeman in the shooting death of a black driver after a traffic stop illustrates the kind of action needed when excessive force is used against unarmed people.

A murder charge was announced Wednesday for the officer, Ray Tensing, in the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose. Tensing's attorney says the now-fired officer didn't intend to kill DuBose.

A statement from NAACP President Cornell William Brooks calls the indictment "encouraging" but notes it's merely the start of a potentially long legal process. He says the organization will closely monitor the case as it seeks accountability in that case and others involving excessive force.

Tensing's initial court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

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2 a.m.

Some of the sharpest criticism of a police officer after the slaying of an unarmed black man is coming from top law enforcement and Cincinnati officials this time.

Wednesday's indictment of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing on a charge of murder in the traffic-stop shooting was applauded by the victim's family and some community activists. It also won approval from city officials in a city roiled by racial violence that erupted in 2001 after an unarmed black man was killed by Cincinnati police after a string of earlier shootings by officers.

Forty-three-year-old Samuel DuBose's July 19 shooting death comes amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Authorities so far have not focused on race in DuBose's death.
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