Family of Sam DuBose demands another retrial, calls for peaceful protest

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says while he agrees with those who believe Tensing was guilty of murdering DuBose, he hopes the reaction to Friday's mistrial will be peaceful. In the video, Mr Tensing approaches Mr DuBose during a traffic stop.

Jurors told Ghiz that they were deadlocked earlier on Friday, and she told them to continue to deliberate.

After the first mistrial in Tensing's case, protesters made a decision to take their march across the city of Cincinnati.

Outside the Hamilton County courthouse, demonstrators stood in the rain.

"The message that is being sent is, if you are black, all the police officer has to do is say they were in fear of their life and they get away with murder because the victim [is] black", the local NAACP said in a statement.

We turn now to Tana Weingartner of member station WVXU in Cincinnati for the details of this case.

"We will make sure that people who are feeling a variety of emotions, and, in my opinion, justifiably so, have a right to express themselves peacefully and we have every expectation that will be the case".

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Prosecutors will have to decide whether to try Tensing for a third time. This is the second mistrial of Tensing for this crime. And jurors on Wednesday acquitted a black police officer of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of a black Milwaukee man who threw away the gun he was carrying during a brief foot chase after a traffic stop.

DuBose's mother, Audrey, released a statement saying his family was "outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose". We call on the community to join us in peaceful protest of this unjust result. Tensing yelled "Stop! Stop!" before shooting DuBose in the head. Tensing testified he feared he was going to be killed.

Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, fatally shot DuBose in July of 2015 after pulling him over for a missing front license plate. When DuBose could not produce a driver's license, the officer told him to remove his seat belt and began to open the driver's door.

The prosecution argued Tensing was in no imminent danger but rather forgot his training and reacted in an unreasonable manner. His first trial had 10 whites and two blacks.

In May, Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby was acquitted in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man. Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz declared a mistrial Friday afternoon.

Roder testified that his analysis of Tensing's body camera video shows DuBose's vehicle moved five to seven feet before the shot was sacked.

His first trial in November ended the same way - a hung jury and a mistrial. Last week, a jury acquitted Minnesota officer Geronimo Yanez on charges stemming from shooting Philando Castile, who had indicated he had a legal firearm in his auto when he was stopped.

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