Jury deadlocks in cop's murder retrial; judge says try again

Jury deadlocks in cop's murder retrial; judge says try again

Jury deadlocks in cop's murder retrial; judge says try again

Audrey DuBose, Samuel DuBose's mother, demanded a retrial immediately after the mistrial was declared and called for peaceful protest of what she called "this unjust result".

Jurors had deliberated almost 26 hours through Thursday in former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing's second trial. Brian Taylor of Black Lives Matter Cincinnati said he thinks the federal government should be looking at this case. After DuBose was stopped, he attempted to drive away when Tensing asked whether he had a valid driver's license.

According to the Guardian newspaper's The Counted database, at least 1,092 people were killed by police in the United States a year ago.

The mistrial was the third time in a week that jurors weighing a fatal shooting by a police officer did not convict the officer involved, following acquittals in other cases.

Judge Leslie Ghiz declared a mistrial in Tensing's trial after 32 hours of deliberations over five days.

Ghiz gave the jury of nine whites and three blacks formal instructions to re-examine their views and listen to one another's opinions.

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Tensing, 27, was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in a retrial of the case. "If you slow down this tape you see what happens, it is a very short period of time from when the vehicle starts rolling to when a gun is out and he's shot in the head", Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said.

"You took something on that was incredibly hard", Judge Leslie Ghiz told the jurors, as she thanked them for their service.

But prosecutors said a review of police body camera footage showed Tensing was not in danger during the July 2015 incident involving the unarmed motorist. When DuBose couldn't find it, Tensing grew frustrated and asked the motorist to undo his seat belt.

The DuBose family, Mingo said, "does not want anyone perpetrating any act of violence or destruction and say they are doing it in Sam's memory". And then when DuBose either will not or can not provide a driver's license, Tensing starts to open the auto door, and then everything just falls apart from there.

People of colour make up around 67 percent of the 2.2 million people in United States prisons and jails.

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DuBose's death fueled a number of demonstrations in Cincinnati and around the country, as protesters saw the shooting as the latest example of officers being too quick to use lethal force, particularly against black men.

Tensing, a former officer in the University of Cincinnati Police Department, shot DuBose on July 19, 2015, after a traffic stop turned confrontational.

A jury in November also deadlocked, and the judge declared a mistrial. Tensing is then seen reaching toward the door, yelling "Stop!" and shoving his gun into the auto window, firing a single round into DuBose's head.

Their exchange lasts less than two minutes and was captured on body camera video.

Tensing testified that he only shot because he feared for his life.

The jury made its decision to acquit the former cop in just under 10 hours of deliberation.

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