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

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

A second mistrial was declared Friday in the case of a white University of Cincinnati officer who killed an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop.

A polite and subtle wave to the gathered media and a one-sentence statement is all Audrey DuBose provided after she witnessed a judge again declaring a mistrial in the case of her son's death. 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.

Jurors deliberated more than 30 hours over five days.

Tensing's first trial a year ago also ended with the jury deadlocked.

In his first trial, jurors were evenly split: Four jurors thought Tensing was guilty of murder, four thought he was guilty of voluntary manslaughter and four thought Tensing was not guilty, according to Prosecutor Joe Deters. Then-University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shot 43-year-old Sam DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a missing front license plate on July 19, 2015. Tensing then told DuBose to remove his seatbelt, then the officer attempted to open the auto door. De Bose's family has requested that all protests remain peaceful. Tensing testified on his own behalf in both trials, a move that remains rare but was once unthinkable for homicide defendants.

The mistrial comes just days after a Minnesota officer was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Philando Castile. As I tell people all the time, there's always a final court.

Black says the city's police and fire departments are ready to respond any situation. An expert hired by prosecutors said his frame-by-frame analysis of the former officer's body camera video showed the officer was not being dragged by the vehicle. 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. And after the first trial came back with a hung jury, he chose to go again for the same charges. The University of Cincinnati fired Tensing after he was indicted, but he's filed a grievance to get his job back.

Deters said that Tensing said he pulled Dubose over because Dubose's vehicle was missing a front license plate. Another University of Cincinnati police officer who witnessed the incident testified that he heard gunshots after the sound of tires screeching.

Mr Tensing then asks Mr DuBose to unbuckle his seatbelt.

Prosecutors broke down body camera video frame-by-frame to rebut Tensing's assertion that he was being dragged down the street.

Taylor said this deadlocked jury, combined with the acquittal of police officers in Milwaukee and Minneapolis in similar cases this week, demonstrates institutional racism in the justice system.

Tensing has been free on a $1 million bond.



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