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Shooting a nightmare, Cincinnati officer says

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A white police officer acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man said the outcome of his trial was just but that the shooting was a "nightmare for everybody."

The shooting touched off the worst rioting in the city since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968.

"I still can't believe all that has happened in the city in the last six months because of something that took just seconds to occur in that alley," Stephen Roach, 27, told The Cincinnati Enquirer in an interview published Saturday. He was speaking publicly for the first time since the shooting.

Roach said little about the shooting itself because he is being sued for wrongful death by the victim's mother.

Roach's defense attorney said during the trial that the officer's fear made him involuntarily fire his weapon.

Roach was found not guilty Wednesday of misdemeanor charges of negligent homicide and obstructing official business.