Ray Tensing, Former University Police Officer Indicted in Samuel DuBose Shooting, Pleads Not Guilty

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University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows his handgun drawn at a car that came to a stop after driver Samuel Dubose was pulled over and shot during a traffic stop in Cincinnati, Ohio July 19, 2015, in a still image from video released by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office on July 29, 2015. A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man has been charged with murder after a grand jury investigation, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday. Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office/Reuters

Updated | Ray Tensing, a former police officer with the University of Cincinnati, plead not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of Samuel DuBose. Tensing, a white officer, shot DuBose, an African-American man, in his car during a traffic stop.

Tensing's body camera recorded the incident, which was in contrast with Tensing's description of events. DuBose was pulled over because he lacked a front license plate. In the camera footage, the car ingition can be heard turning on and within seconds, Tensing fires into DuBose's head. Tensing claimed his arm and hand were caught inside the steering wheel during the incident. Both of Tensing's hands are seen on the gun at the time of the shooting. 

Tensing claimed DuBose tried to run him over, telling other officers, "I think I'm OK. He was just dragging me. I thought I was going to get run over. I was trying to stop him." Medical treatment is not immediately offered to DuBose, though officers offered Tensing medical treatment repeatedly. 

Tensing Former University of Cincinnati police office Ray Tensing is seen in an undated booking photo from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Ohio. Tensing has been charged with murder in connection with the July 19 shooting death of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office/Reuters

"I've been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make—totally unwarranted," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said of the shooting. "It's an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless. People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent towards the officer—he did not. He did not at all. I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost, and I feel sorry for the community, too." 

Tensing's bond has been set at $1 million and he faces life in prison if found guilty. Tensing posted 10 percent of the bond on Thursday evening. According to WCPO, a local new station, Tensing received numerous offers to have his bond paid. 

"Ever since the bond was set, I received calls from around the country from people wanting to contribute," Tensing's attorney told the station. "I think people feel like he's getting railroaded here in Cincinnati." The details of how Tensing's bond were paid were not relieved, only that $100,000 was posted.