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Mistrial declared in Ohio cop's murder retrial

Mistrial declared in Ohio cop's murder retrial”

For the third time in a week, a Midwestern jury has chosen not to convict a police officer for shooting and killing a black man. The first round also ended in a mistrial a year ago with a jury unable to come to a unanimous verdict after deliberating for more than 20 hours.

Around 2:15 p.m., jurors said they were "evenly split" and unable to reach a verdict; we don't know the exact split of the jurors.

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".

Brian Taylor of the Black Lives Matter movement in Cincinnati calls the mistrial in Officer Ray Tensing's case "blatant injustice" and a "textbook example" of institutionalized racism at work.

A week ago, Minnesota police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop previous year. When Tensing asked DuBose for his license, he said he didn't have it.

And all six Baltimore officers charged over the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, due to spinal cord injuries suffered in the back of a police van, were eventually cleared. A jury in that case deadlocked and a mistrial was declared; Slager later pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge stemming from the shooting, resolving both cases.

Ray Tensing reacts as Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz declares a mistrial in the retrial of Tensing on June 23, 2017 in Cincinnati.

In the driving rain Friday afternoon, protesters and demonstrators held signs and chanted.

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"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". On Wednesday, a jury acquitted Dominique Heaggan-Brown, a former Milwaukee police officer, on a count of homicide for his fatal shooting of Sylville Smith previous year, which set off intense protests.

This article was updated with a statement from the family of Sam DuBose. Tensing testified that he shot DuBose after DuBose attempted to drive off. The shooting was caught on Tensing's body-worn camera, the footage from which contradicts Tensing's claim that DuBose drove off and dragged Tensing in an attempt to get away.

The fatal traffic stop happened in July 2015, when Tensing, who is white, pulled DuBose over to ask him about a missing front license plate.

The jury consisted of seven white women, two African-American women, two white men, and one African-American man.

The jury in Tensing's first trial consisted of 10 whites and two blacks.

But prosecutors argued Tensing was not being dragged by the vehicle when he fired his weapon.

Last Thursday, the judge rejected the prosecution's request to allow jurors to consider a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

Prosecutors say his body-camera video and other evidence doesn't support his decision to shoot DuBose in the head at close range.



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