Officials aim to maintain peace during Ray Tensing trial

Tensing charged in death of Sam DuBose

CINCINNATI -- With just over a week before the start of Ray Tensing's trial, Cincinnati officials met Monday to prepare for the emotional reaction the event may draw.

Tensing is the former University of Cincinnati police officer who was charged in the death of Sam DuBose last year. He has pleaded not guilty.

City leaders discussed some of their plans during the special Law and Public Safety Committee meeting. Officials said they plan to work with local organizations in hopes the groups will talk to their members about remaining peaceful.

City Manager Harry Black said he believed officials should maintain an optimistic outlook, but also be prepared "for any potential scenario."

"These trials can be emotional in nature, and we're just trying to be proactive and somewhat preemptive at the same time," Black said.

Officials said they were concerned about people coming to town from elsewhere and causing problems.

"What we don't want are people to come in from the outside and then disrupt our society, disrupt our community," Councilman Christopher Smitherman said.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 69 President Dan Hils said he was also concerned about outsiders, but hopeful that the preparations would help people stay peaceful.

"We've learned a lot from years past, and I don't know if it'll be perfect, but in general I'm, optimistic that it should be alright," Hils said.

City leaders said they might meet again once the trial starts.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 31.

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