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Activist group criticizes jury's racial makeup

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Civil rights activists are criticizing the racial makeup of the jury seated for the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.

The Black Lives Matter: Cincinnati group posted a message on its Facebook page stating that the jury seated shows a justice system that "continues to refuse to recognize the prejudices and racism" in existence. Members of the group plan to keep up demonstrations outside the Hamilton County courthouse during Ray Tensing's trial.

Two blacks, both women, were seated Monday for the 12-person jury that has six white men and four white women. Four white females were selected as the alternates. The 2010 U.S. Census put Cincinnati's black population at nearly 45 percent of the city's total.

The since-fired officer has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter counts in the 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose.

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