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A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Ray Tensing — the University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Black man last month — on murder charges.

Tensing shot Samuel Debose, a father of ten, during a July 19 traffic stop near the university campus. According to the New York Times, Dubose was stopped after Tensing noticed the green Honda Accord he was driving did not have a front license plate. When Tensing asked for Dubose’s license, the 43-year-old handed him a bottle of alcohol. At some point, the officer fired one shot into Dubose’s head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tensing’s body camera footage has been viewed by Cincinnati, Ohio Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and City Manager Harry Black. Blackwell and Black called the footage “not good” and “disturbing.” They’re also hesitant to release the footage in fear that major protests and riots could follow.

The University of Cincinnati campus was shut down in preparation for the grand jury announcement. This week, Dubose’s family held a news conference to announce that George Zimmerman’s former attorney will represent them in a case against the city.


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