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Mistrial Declared in Shooting of Black Driver by Cincinnati Officer

Mistrial Declared in Shooting of Black Driver by Cincinnati Officer

A trial for Ray Tensing-the White former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed unarmed motorist Sam DuBose on July 19, 2015-ended in a mistrial.

Today (June 23) marks the third time in a week that a police officer has avoided a conviction after killing a Black person. The jury was not able to reach a verdict after 30 hours of deliberation.

Ghiz, speaking from the bench, read from a note sent by the jurors who said they were "almost evenly split regarding our votes toward a final verdict" and unable to reach a unanimous decision.

The DuBose family, Mingo said, "does not want anyone perpetrating any act of violence or destruction and say they are doing it in Sam's memory".

Alicia Napier, a civilian witness also testified that she was "100 percent sure" that the vehicle moved after Tensing shot, according to the AP. Tensing's attorney Stew Mathews tells WVXU the family does not wish to comment. The white officer had just arrived on the scene of a suspected crime and, according to a police statement, failing to recognize his black colleague and "fearing for his safety", shot him in the arm. 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.

The NAACP of Cincinnati blasted the hung jury result and said they will demand justice.

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"Based on my time and training with internal investigations", she testified, "I thought I was looking at an officer-involved shooting where his actions may be determined to be justified based on the events surrounding the actual shooting and taking into consideration the information about the prior conduct of Mr. DuBose and Officer Tensing".

Ghiz had rejected a prosecution request late in the trial to allow jurors to consider a lesser charge of reckless homicide, saying prosecutors could have done that after the first mistrial. The group remained peaceful, chanting cries for justice for the family of DuBose.

Dozens of people demonstrated in steady rain outside the Hamilton County courthouse.

After the first mistrial past year, about 1,000 protesters marched through downtown on November 12, chanting, "Black lives matter, Sam's life matters".

As in his first trial, Tensing testified in his own defense and said his arm was pinned inside DuBose's auto when DuBose tried to speed away. The trial took place in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Smith was killed while running from a traffic stop last August. "Do I disengage and let Sam DuBose drive away or do I kill him?". "I shot to stop his actions". Tensing testified he feared he was going to be killed.

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Video of the incident was captured on Tensing's body camera. The prosecutor said, "Sam DuBose was trapped in that auto during that stop, and he was an easy target when his vehicle became his coffin".

Tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting death of DuBose, 43. DuBose handed the officer an unopened bottle of liquor from the floor of his auto and then admitted that he was driving without a license.

From there, things escalated with frightening speed. So Tensing pulls over Sam DuBose for a missing front license plate.

Jurors in the murder retrial of a white OH police officer charged in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist say they are deadlocked, but a judge told them to keep deliberating.

By comparison, the first trial jury consisted of six white women, four white men, and two African-American women.

The University of Cincinnati fired Tensing previous year after his indictment. The question wasn't made public. The university reached a $5.3m settlement with DuBose's family, including free undergraduate tuition for DuBose's 13 children.

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Information for this article was contributed by Dan Sewell of The Associated Press; and by Jess Bidgood and Richard Perez-Pena of The New York Times.


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