Ray Tensing retrial: Mistrial declared for 2nd time after jury deadlocks

Ray Tensing retrial: Mistrial declared for 2nd time after jury deadlocks

A judge in OH declared another mistrial in the case of a former University of Cincinnati officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop in 2015.

The defense lawyers contended that video analysis created "20/20 hindsight" that Tensing did not have in the moment, and contended his shooting was justified because he believed, in the moment, that he was going to be dragged by DuBose's vehicle.

Yanez testified he feared for his life because he believed Castile was pulling his own gun from his pocket. Tensing said he stopped DuBose near the University of Cincinnati for a missing front license plate.

But prosecutors said DuBose's vehicle didn't start moving until after he was shot and that Tensing had a choice to let DuBose drive away rather than shoot him. Tensing's first trial last fall also ended with a hung jury. She also called for a third trial in the case.

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 past year.

U.S. prosecutors have found it hard to convict police officers in high-profile shooting cases involving black victims - despite recent incidents being captured on video.

The family is reportedly demanding another retrial and called for community members to join them in a peaceful protest "of this unjust result".

Jurors in the second trial consisted of nine white jurors and three black jurors.


The local NAACP chapter says the case is another example that a police officer can "get away with murder" if the victim is black.

This is the second time Tensing has been brought before a jury on criminal charges.

Jurors told Ghiz that they were deadlocked earlier on Friday, and she told them to continue to deliberate. Betty Shelby, an Oklahoma police officer who shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, in another traffic stop caught on camera, was acquitted by a jury last month. Instead, police said, Dubose handed the officer a bottle of alcohol.

Prosecutors said repeatedly the evidence contradicted Tensing's story. "Do I disengage and let Sam DuBose drive away or do I kill him?".

The family of the unarmed black motorist who died after he was shot by a white OH police officer in a traffic stop is demanding a third trial.

Peterson Mingo, a DuBose family spokesman and Cincinnati pastor, appealed for calm after Friday's nonverdict.

The prosecution argued Tensing was in no imminent danger but rather forgot his training and reacted in an unreasonable manner. There were experts who broke down the video for both sides.

His first trial ended in a mistrial. The university reached a $5.3 million settlement with DuBose's family, including free undergraduate tuition for DuBose's 13 children.

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