Black Lives Matter, Amos Project prepare march before Ray Tensing trial

Jury selection for trial scheduled to start Oct 25
Posted: 7:12 AM, Oct 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-19 14:01:26-04
Black Lives Matter, Amos Project prepare march before Ray Tensing trial

CINCINNATI -- City officials met Monday to prepare "for any potential scenario" that could occur when Ray Tensing goes on trial next week for the death of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop, and now two local groups are preparing their own response. 

The Amos Project is bringing together pastors and parishioners for a form of activism training, saying they stand with DuBose's family. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at People's Church (220 William Howard Taft Road).

In addition, Black Lives Matter Cincinnati will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Cincinnati's Steger Student Life Center. The group says while the university's police department has made strides, there is still a lot of community relations work that needs to be done.

Black Lives Matter leaders are asking students to join the fight as they plan for a march from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday from Inwood Park to the courthouse Downtown. They say UC has tried to sweep student outrage under the rug.

On Tuesday, UC's police department told WCPO it has a new reform plan that's committed to six principles: transparency, legitimacy, accountability, fairness, collaboration and innovation. 

The Black Lives Matter group is laser-focused on the Tensing trial, hoping for a conviction of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Tensing has pleaded not guilty in the  July 19 shooting in Cincinnati's Mount Auburn neighborhood .

Tensing's attorney has said his client feared being dragged under the car as DuBose tried to drive away. He'd pulled DuBose over near campus for a missing front license plate.

The shooting came amid increased national attention on how police treat black suspects. DuBose was black; Tensing is white.