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A state certification process will require that all Ohio police departments for the first time collect data on the race and gender of people they pull over in traffic stops or take aside for questioning.

The darkest moment for American police this year was July 7 in downtown Dallas, when police officers providing security for a peaceful protest march suddenly found themselves under attack. And those weren't the only cops targeted this year. Deadly ambushes followed in Baton Rouge, Des Moines and Palm Springs.

As a result, many police will remember 2016 as a grim chapter in what many call the "war on cops." These ambush-killings of officers created a sense that they were under siege, threatening to poison the post-Ferguson debate over police reform.

Deadly encounters between police and civilians often made 2016 a year full of palpable tension. Across the country, demonstrators took to the streets to protest police shootings, while at the same time officers in a number of states were targeted and killed by gunmen.

Both situations have prompted law enforcement to examine use-of-force policies.

There are plenty of recent stories involving white police officers who have shot and killed black men, including some who are on trial for those shootings. Then there's the case of a white cop who did not shoot a black man holding a gun — and it may have cost him his job.

It started with a 911 call for help in Weirton, W.Va., on May 6 at 2:51 a.m. An emergency dispatcher in turn put out a call for an officer.

"Had a female stating they needed someone right now. She sounded hysterical," the dispatcher said. "Hung up the phone, will not answer on call back."

New Judge Selected In Ray Tensing Retrial

Nov 29, 2016
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CINCINNATI (AP) - Another new judge has been assigned to the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer in the slaying of a black motorist. The first trial judge and two successors disqualified themselves.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz was named Tuesday to preside over the retrial of Ray Tensing on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose.

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A man began attacking people with a butcher knife at Ohio State University after purposefully driving a car into a group of pedestrians on Monday morning, injuring 11. Within minutes of the attack, a campus police officer shot and killed the suspect.

Attack on OSU Campus

Nov 28, 2016
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Live coverage during the 11am hour as news of the violent incident on Ohio State University's campus became available.

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A Hamilton County prosecutor says he will try again for a murder conviction against a white University of Cincinnati police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist during a 2015 traffic stop.

A task force is recommending better training, policies and collection of data on police chases.

In May, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine set up a process to gather ideas for improving both officer and public safety. 

He  formed a panel of community, local government and laws enforcement leaders to draw up best-practices recommendations.

University of Cincinnati police officers David Lindenschmidt and Philip Kidd say they did not see former officer Ray Tensing being dragged on the day he shot and killed Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. Both men testified Wednesday they saw Tensing standing by DuBose's car and heard tires squealing followed by a gun shot.

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