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Second trial of ex-Cincinnati officer Tensing again ends in hung jury

A mistrial has been declared for the second time in the case of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black motorist in OH two years ago. This was the second trial for Dubose’s murder that resulted without the jury being able to come to a unanimous decision.The jury, which is composed of nine white members and three black members, was reportedly about evenly split when Judge Leslie Ghiz declared the mistrial.”We are nearly evenly split regarding our votes towards a final verdict”, the note said. The first round also ended in a mistrial a year ago with a jury unable to come to a unanimous verdict after deliberating for more than 20 hours.University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing, who is white, had been charged with murder in the death of 43-year-old Sam DuBose, who was black. The officer explained that DuBose was stopped for not displaying a front license plate on his green Honda Accord, and asked multiple times for DuBose’s license.With small exceptions, including one conspicuous adjustment to Tensing’s story – that DuBose had pinned his arm inside the vehicle and then accelerated, forcing him to shoot to protect himself – the retrial called the same experts, told the same stories and made the same arguments as the first. But prosecutors argued video evidence showed the police officer wasn’t dragged.”This is the most asinine act I have ever seen a police officer make”, he said at the time.”I meant to stop the threat”, Tensing testified this month.But an expert said his frame-by-frame analysis of Mr Tensing’s body camera video showed he was not being dragged by the auto. A mistrial was declared at his first trial in 2016.”We stand with the families of (Terence) Crutcher of Oklahoma, Philando Castile of Minnesota, Freddie Gray of Maryland, and Sylville Smith of Wisconsin and demand justice for all these men who have been murdered by police officers who have escaped guilty verdicts”.The jury had been deliberating for more than 27 hours.Also, in an extremely unusual moment, a lead investigator who testified for the prosecution offered an opinion that Tensing may have been justified.Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, listens to Stew Mathews present closing arguments during his retrial at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati, Monday, June 19, 2017. They returned the next day to say they remained hung. As I tell people all the time, there’s always a final court.The entire exchange was caught on Tensing’s police body camera, a rare case of fatal use of force by a police officer captured on camera, leading to considerable national and local attention.During closing arguments, prosecutors said the case was a “slam-dunk” on manslaughter charges, according to NBC Cincinnati WLWT5.The former officer’s first trial also ended in a mistrial.”Yes”, Deters said. “I think he was making an excuse for the purposeful killing” of Dubose.Tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter.In the past two weeks, two police officers were acquitted of charges after fatal shootings. A jury in that case deadlocked and a mistrial was declared; Slager later pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge stemming from the shooting, resolving both cases.