A 2nd mistrial: Jury deadlocks in OH cop’s murder retrial

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.Tensing’s is the third trial involving a fatal shooting following a traffic stop that concluded in the last week. Tensing pulled his gun and fired once. Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty in the infamous Facebook Live shooting of Philando Castile last Friday, and Dominique Heaggan-Brown was acquitted of all charges in the death of Sylville Smith on Wednesday. DuBose eventually said he did not have it with him.But then later Friday, jurors returned to say they were still unable to find consensus, after almost 31 hours of deliberations.Protesters said they want their message heard.Tensing has five years’ experience in law enforcement and worked for the University of Cincinnati Police Department for more than a year.The jury told Judge Leslie Ghiz that it couldn’t reach a verdict. But prosecutors argued video evidence showed the police officer wasn’t dragged. “I’m here to share solidarity with the family of Sam DuBose, and the family of all these people who are being gunned down by police officers with impunity”.It is the fourth time that courts haven’t convicted police officers charged with the death of black men. 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.Deliberations in the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot an unarmed black motorist have gone on longer than in his first trial. His first court battle concluded with a mistrial in November 2016.The voluntary manslaughter charge means killing during sudden passion or a fit of rage.If convicted, Tensing could go to prison for life, said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters in a press conference in which he played body camera footage of the shooting. “Do I disengage and let Sam DuBose drive away or do I kill him?” The attorney also said Tensing “was in fear of his life” when he opened fire.The jury reached its decision after 27 hours.Tensing pulled DuBose over because his vehicle didn’t have a front tag and because his back tag was registered to a driver with a suspended license, DuBose’s girlfriend, Mathews said.”I, like so many others, share in the disappointment in the outcome from today’s jury”, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said at a news briefing.After his arrest, Tensing was released from custody after posting 10% of his $1 million bond.As we have reported, Tensing’s bullet hit DuBose in the head, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The school also agreed to set up a memorial to DuBose on campus, invite the family to take part in meetings on police reform, issue a formal apology and provide free undergraduate education to DuBose’s 12 children.