University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was facing his second trial for the shooting death of Sam DuBose. The first trial ended in a mistrial when the jury was deadlocked. On Friday, the second trial also ended with a deadlocked jury, forcing the judge to again call a mistrial. DuBose, a black American, failed to comply with Tensing’s orders during a traffic stop and ended up being shot and killed by Tensing, a white officer.
A judge declared a mistrial Friday after a jury deadlocked in the case of a former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a 2015 traffic stop, the latest in a series of high-profile law enforcement shootings that spurred charges but not convictions.
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. It was also the second time a jury has deadlocked considering this particular shooting.
Judge Leslie E. Ghiz, speaking from the bench, read from a note sent by the jurors who said they were “almost evenly split regarding our votes toward a final verdict” and unable to reach a unanimous decision…
The local liberal media in the Cincinnati area already had Tensing convicted before the first or second trials started. Naturally, the black community also had Tensing convicted before any trial took place. From everything I saw and read about the case, it seems that had DuBose complied with Tensing during the traffic stop, he would still be alive today. the same thing is true with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and others. If only they would have complied with law enforcement, they would still be alive.