Ohio officer charged with murder pleads not guilty, released on bond

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Former Cincinnati Officer Arraigned on Murder Charge

A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate was released from jail on bond hours after an initial court appearance on Thursday.

Ray Tensing, 25, had pleaded not guilty in the death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose before Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan, who set his bond at $1 million.

Tensing was released from jail later on Thursday, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. His next court date was set for Aug. 19.

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Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
In this July 19, 2015, frame from body camera video provided by the University of Cincinnati Campus Police, university Officer Ray Tensing stands next to motorist Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate in Cincinnati. DuBose was fatally shot by the officer after a struggle ensued when he refused to provide a driver's license and get out of the car. Tensing was indicted Wednesday, July 29 on a murder charge. (University of Cincinnati Campus Police via AP)
This booking photograph released Wednesday, July 29, 2015, by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office shows University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing, who turned himself in Wednesday afternoon to face murder and manslaughter charges in the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati earlier this month. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, left, stands across the street from protestors outside the funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. DuBose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Photos of Samuel DuBose hang on a pole at a memorial, Wednesday July 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, near where he was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police office. Murder and manslaughter charges were announced against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing for the traffic stop shooting death of DuBose. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
Mourners Shanicca Soloman cries in the embrace of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, center left, meets with protestors during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Michael Robison says 25-year-old Tensing turned himself in at the county justice center Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourner Simon Bell cries outside funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Protestor Gee Farrell holds a sign in the rain during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Michael Robison says 25-year-old Tensing turned himself in at the county justice center Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, center, shakes hands with a protestor during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Michael Robison says 25-year-old Tensing turned himself in at the county justice center Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The casket of Samuel Dubose is transported to a hearse during his funeral at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Audrey DuBose is embraced by a family member after speaking to the media after funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. DuBose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
CINCINNATI, OH - UNDATED: In this handout photo provided by the Greenhills Police Department, Ray Tensing is seen in an undated photo released on July 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tensing, a University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on murder charges in the fatal shooting of, Samuel Dubose, during a traffic stop near the campus on July 19. (Photo by Greenhills Police Department via Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The casket of Samuel Dubose is transported to a hearse during his funeral at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Anthony Lattimore holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners embrace outside funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. DuBose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Audrey DuBose, mother of Samuel DuBose, speaks to the media after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of her son Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell stands outside after leaving funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Alexander Shelton, 25, a student at the University of Cincinnati, holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a university police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ebony Johnson, cousin of Samuel Dubose, cries outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Anthony Lattimore holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Tensing was indicted on Wednesday on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 19 death of Samuel DuBose, who was shot in the head during a traffic stop. Tensing, who turned himself in and spent the night in jail in isolation, appeared in court in gray, striped prison clothes.

The incident was the latest in a series of fatal police confrontations in the United States that have raised questions about law enforcement's use of force against minorities.

In announcing the indictment on Wednesday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said Tensing was not dragged by DuBose's car as the officer had claimed to justify the shooting.

Two other University of Cincinnati officers, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, were placed on administrative leave on Thursday, according to Lonnie Soury, a spokesman for the school.

Deters' office on Thursday released videos from body cameras worn by two university police officers who witnessed the shooting. The videos show the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

On the video from the body camera worn by Kidd, Tensing's fellow officer, Tensing repeatedly says he was dragged by DuBose's car and that he got his arm stuck in the car. Kidd is heard saying, "Yeah, I saw that."

A few minutes later, an officer from Cincinnati's city police force asks Kidd whether he saw Tensing being dragged, and Kidd responds, "Yes." In the official incident report on DuBose's shooting, officer Kidd was quoted as saying he saw Tensing being dragged.

Kidd could not immediately be reached and it was not known whether he has legal representation. The Fraternal Order of Police in Cincinnati did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the content of the videos.

The University of Cincinnati police report said it is unclear how much Lindenschmidt witnessed.

Tensing's body-camera video was released on Wednesday and showed the traffic stop and the shooting. After failing to provide a driver's license at Tensing's request, DuBose tried to prevent Tensing from opening the car door as the officer ordered him to remove his seat belt.

The car started slowly rolling forward as Tensing reached in and yelled for him to stop. The officer pulled his gun and fired once, killing DuBose.

Tensing was fired by university police on Wednesday. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

His attorney, Stew Mathews, told reporters Tensing had feared for his life during the altercation with DuBose, so he drew his weapon.

"He's feeling like he's been run over by a train," Mathews said.

Terina Allen, the victim's sister, said the video evidence from Tensing proved that DuBose was a peaceful man.

"Sam would have never did to that police officer what that police officer did to Sam," Allen said.

(Additional reporting by Fiona Ortiz and Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker)

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