City leaders, civil rights groups meet before ex-cop’s trial

FILE – In this July 29, 2015, file photo, photos of Sam DuBose hang on a pole at a memorial near where he was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer during a July 19, 2015, traffic stop in Cincinnati. Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, facing trial on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter, was due back in court for a Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, pretrial hearing, ahead of the planned start of jury selection on Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)
FILE – In this July 29, 2015, file photo, photos of Sam DuBose hang on a pole at a memorial near where he was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer during a July 19, 2015, traffic stop in Cincinnati. Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, facing trial on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter, was due back in court for a Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, pretrial hearing, ahead of the planned start of jury selection on Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — City officials in Cincinnati are meeting with civil rights groups and other community leaders ahead of the murder trial of a white former police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

FILE – In this July 30, 2015, file photo, former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who shot and killed motorist Sam DuBose during a traffic stop on July 19, 2015, appears for his arraignment at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Tensing, facing trial on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter, was due back in court for a Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, pretrial hearing, ahead of the planned start of jury selection on Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this July 30, 2015, file photo, former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who shot and killed motorist Sam DuBose during a traffic stop on July 19, 2015, appears for his arraignment at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Tensing, facing trial on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter, was due back in court for a Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, pretrial hearing, ahead of the planned start of jury selection on Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Jury selection begins Tuesday for 26-year-old Ray Tensing’s trial in Hamilton County. The fired University of Cincinnati officer has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting of 43-year-old Sam DuBose last year.

City Manager Harry Black says there are talks with the Cincinnati NAACP, the local National Action Network affiliate, clergy and other officials. The city also has reached out to Black Lives Matter leaders.

Black tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that officials want “to establish a sense of calm in the city.”

Black Lives Matter plans a Saturday rally.

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