An Ohio police officer who shot a black man during a routine traffic stop was charged with murder Wednesday in what prosecutors called a "senseless" act motivated by anger.
"He wasn't dealing with someone who was wanted for murder -- he was dealing with someone with a missing license plate," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters told reporters.
"This is in the vernacular a pretty chicken crap stop. If he started rolling away, seriously, let him go. You don't have to shoot him in the head."
The case comes as the United States grapples with heightened racial tensions in the wake of a series of high-profile incidents of African Americans being killed by police in disputed circumstances.
Deters said he hopes the swift action by his office will show that justice is being done in this case. "I feel so sorry for his family and I feel sorry for the community," Deters said.