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Mistrial Declared In Ohio Police Shooting

Submitted by on November 12, 2016 – 5:58 pmNo Comment

The trial of a white Ohio police officer who shot and killed a black man during a routine traffic stop has ended in a mistrial.  Jurors were deadlocked over whether Ray Tensing was guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Samuel DuBose.

Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan declared the mistrial after the jury, comprising 10 white jurors and two black, could not reach a decision after 25 hours of deliberation.

Tensing, then 25 and a University of Cincinnati police officer, pulled over DuBose, 43, for a missing front license plate in July 19, 2015. Body cam video shows the stop change in a matter of seconds, from a relatively calm exchange to a lethal shooting. When DuBose cannot locate his license, Tensing ask him the step out of the car. DuBose starts the ignition and puts the car in drive. Tensing reaches in to grab the keys, and fires a shot at DuBose’s head point blank. Tensing seems to fall back as the car speeds out of view, hitting a telephone pole at the end of the block.

Tensing claims he feared for his life, and that we was being dragged or risked being run over. The defense states the office body was being “violently twisted.”A police report stated DuBose had several bags of marijuana in his car, plus several thousand dollars in cash. He was driving on a suspended license, and had a history of marijuana related offenses, suggesting why he wanted to get away.

A third party report found Tensing was not dragged before firing. Records show that he had the highest rate of traffic stops for black drivers on the entire police force; and apparently, Tensing that day had been wearing a T-shirt with a Confederate flag on over his uniform.

Tensing was fired after his indictment.

A hearing was set for November 28 to determine if the case will be retried. The prosecutor has not announced his plans.

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