Samuel Dubose was a 43-year-old African-American father of 13 who was shot dead by a University of Cincinnati police officer. He was pulled over after Officer Ray Tensing saw him driving without a front license plate. Reports state that after being asked by Tensing what a bottle of alcohol was doing on the floor of his vehicle, Dubose showed him that it was a closed bottle of gin, indicating that he was not drinking it. Officer Tensing then asked Dubose to unbuckle his seatbelt and, almost immediately after his order, he fired a shot at DuBose. The fatal shot hit Dubose in the head. Police say that Dubose was unarmed. Many continue to question why the officer chose to shoot as Dubose was driving away, with some deeming it unwarranted. Tensing was placed on administrative leave with pay after the incident and was eventually fired from his job and indicted on charges of murder. At his arraignment, the judge set his bail at $1 million. On July 30, officer Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Dubose.

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