Cincinnati protesters asking for retrial in Ray Tensing mistrial

After a short trial and almost 25 hours of deliberating, jurors failed to come to a decision on the fate of Ray Tensing, the former University of Cinnicinati officer who fatally shot an unarmed man during a traffic stop past year.

However, Judge Shanahan on Saturday declared a mistrial after hearing that the panel had not come to a unanimous decision even after "a night of sleep and two additional hours of deliberations".

An Ohio judge rules mistrial in the case involving the shooting death of Sam DuBose (R) by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.

Tensing said DuBose tried to pull away and was dragging him, so he shot him in the head. He was later fired.

Two very different versions of what caused Tensing, 26, to fire his service weapon, killing DuBose, 43, with a single bullet to the head, left 12 men and women considering Tensing's guilt or innocence for three and a half days before deliberations resulted in a hung jury and mistrial Saturday.

"People are going to do what they feel they need to do to expel their anger, " Taylor said. Our primary goal is just to ensure that everyone is safe and I think you'll see that's what we do. He noted it showed DuBose presented several "threat indicators" with his conduct including DuBose putting his arm over Tensing as a "serious, life-threatening" act.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said he "understood" the anger, but called on demonstrators to maintain peace. Tensing said in his police interview that he meant to shoot DuBose, Piepmeier argued.

Prosecutors said jurors couldn't agree whether to convict Tensing of murder of voluntary manslaughter. Tensing, 26, contended he felt that Dubose's vehicle was dragging him and that he fired at him because he feared he would be run over.

The shooting was one of a number across the country that have raised attention to how police deal with African Americans.

The prosecution's use-of-force expert, Consultant and Post Falls, Idaho Police Chief Scot Haug, said he doesn't believe the shooting was justified.

DuBose's killing added Cincinnati to the list of cities where officers have fatally shot unarmed black civilians.

Legal experts say juries generally tend to give police officers the benefit of the doubt because of the inherent dangers of their jobs, but that they will convict if the police actions were clearly unwarranted. I remember thinking, 'Oh my God... that he's going to run me over and he's going to kill me. Deters also pointed to a T-shirt with Confederate flag on it that Tensing was wearing under his uniform the day of the shooting. Tensing was sacked from the university police force. Tensing was facing possible punishment of up to life in prison on the murder charge and a maximum 11-year sentence on the manslaughter charge.

In court, Tensing said he often didn't know the race of a person until after he approached the vehicle window.



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