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

A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.After the first mistrial in Tensing’s case, protesters made a decision to take their march across the city of Cincinnati.Former Cincinnati cop Ray Tensing (left) was charged with the murder of Sam DuBose (right).Jurors deliberated more than 30 hours over five days, asked three questions and ended up nearly splitting the votes evenly.Mr Tensing’s first trial a year ago also ended with the jury deadlocked. A spokesman for the county prosecutor, Joe Deters, said he won’t comment until next week.Prosecutors and the defense agree that Tensing shot 43-year-old Sam DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a missing front license plate on July 19, 2015.Tensing, 27, had previously insisted that he feared for his life when DuBose started driving away from the traffic stop. The auto begins to roll forward, and Tensing engages in a very brief struggle with DuBose before firing his pistol into the vehicle.Tensing asked Dubose to step out of the auto, at which point a struggle ensued, police said. The university reached a $5.3m settlement with DuBose’s family, including free undergraduate tuition for DuBose’s 13 children. Many, but not all, said they had previously seen at least parts of the body camera video from the incident. Tensing said he was being dragged down the street. Tensing repeated that account for other officers who eventually arrive at the scene.Other recent acquittals or mistrials in cases of officers killing black men include a ruling this week in which Wisconsin officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown – a black officer – was clear for shooting Sylville Smith.Asserting the video did not definitively prove the prosecution’s arguments about whether Tensing was dragged, Mathews reminded the jury of “Sully”, the 2009 movie about airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger who became a hero by making an emergency landing on the Hudson River with no loss of life. Several hours later, the jury said they were still deadlocked and Ghiz declared a mistrial.Mr Tensing was sacked past year by the University of Cincinnati, which announced an overhaul of its policing department.This jury had nine white people and three black people.On Friday, the DuBose family demanded yet another retrial and called on the community to join them in “peaceful protest of this unjust result”.Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty last week in the shooting death of motorist Philando Castile, whose dying moments were live-streamed on Facebook.Tensing looked down, his hand on his face, as the judge announced the mistrial.Since the beginning of 2005, 82 non-federal law enforcement officers have been arrested for murder or manslaughter following a fatal on-duty shooting, said Philip M. Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University in OH, who studies arrests of officers and has kept data since that year.