Jury seated in retrial of OH officer who killed motorist

Ray Tensing, center, and his defense attorney Stewart Mathews, right, listen to assistant prosecutor Stacey DeGraffenreid's opening statement during Tensing's retrial Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Ha.

Tensing "wasn't a racist", said Mathews, adding he will present video of other Tensing traffic stops of black drivers, showing the officer to be professional and polite.

After opening statements, Tensing sighed, bit his lip and looked down several times while a video of the traffic stop captured by Tensing's body-worn camera played for the jury. Tensing was a University of Cincinnati officer.

A former University of Cincinnati police officer faces a second trial on Thursday on charges that he murdered an unarmed black motorist in a 2015 shooting that sparked debate about USA law enforcement's use of excessive force.

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing is seen in an undated booking
Jury expected to be seated for Ohio cop's murder retrial

Mathews agreed that Tensing made a mistake by reaching into the vehicle.

One excluded juror told prosecutor Seth Tieger on Monday that Tensing "deserved a medal" for shooting and killing unarmed black man Samuel DuBose, and also called DuBose a drug dealer.

Soon after being seated Wednesday, jurors were taken by bus to the scene where Ray Tensing shot Sam DuBose in 2015. The lead prosecutor in the first trial said the retrial should be moved after a November hung jury. If DuBose had cooperated with Tensing during the stop, he would not be dead, Mathews said.

There were six white men, four white women and two black women on that jury.

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