The Latest: Activist group criticizes jury’s racial makeup


CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest in the trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder following the shooting of an unarmed black man in a traffic stop (all times local):

9 a.m.

Civil rights activists are criticizing the racial makeup of the jury seated for the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.

The Black Lives Matter: Cincinnati group posted a message on its Facebook page stating that the jury seated shows a justice system that “continues to refuse to recognize the prejudices and racism” in existence. Members of the group plan to keep up demonstrations outside the Hamilton County courthouse during Ray Tensing’s trial.

Two blacks, both women, were seated Monday for the 12-person jury that has six white men and four white women. Four white females were selected as the alternates. The 2010 U.S. Census put Cincinnati’s black population at nearly 45 percent of the city’s total.

The since-fired officer has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter counts in the 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose.

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8:30 a.m.

Jurors in the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop will visit the street near campus where the shooting took place.

After they visit the scene on Tuesday morning, opening statements will begin in the murder trial of 26-year-old Ray Tensing. He is charged in the 2015 death of Sam DuBose, 43, who was stopped for a missing front license plate.

A jury of two black women, four white women and six white men was seated on Monday. Four white women were added as alternate jurors after a day of questioning by attorneys who urged jury candidates to put aside race, news stories and police perceptions for the case of the now-fired officer.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan told jurors to avoid news media coverage of the trial and to stay off social media and the internet.

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