Jury votes revealed in Tensing murder retrial

Posted June 26, 2017

Ray Tensing reacts as Judge Leslie Ghiz declares a mistrial on Friday. "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.

Jurors reportedly deliberated for more than 31 hours this week.

For the third time in a week, the trial of a police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man has ended without a conviction, the latest setback for prosecutors and activists seeking greater accountability for the use of deadly force by the police.

The retrial in the Ray Tensing-Samuel Dubose case ends in a mistrial.

To convict Tensing of murder, jurors have to find he purposely killed DuBose.

Outside the Hamilton County courthouse, demonstrators stood in the rain.

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.

The mayor says the rights of free speech of all people will be supported, including the right to peacefully demonstrate. On the recording, Tensing is heard repeatedly asking DuBose for his license. Also last week in state of Minnesota, right next door to Wisconsin, jurors found police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of a crime after he killed motorist Philando Castile, whose death was streamed live on Facebook.

The Ray Tensing murder retrial has ended in another hung jury, meaning jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the case. "We call on the community to join us in peaceful protest of this unjust result".

As the traffic stop began, Tensing greeted DuBose: "Hey, how's it going, man?"

A mistrial was declared for the second time in the trial of a white OH police officer charged in the 2015 shooting of unarmed black man, after a jury said that they could not resolve their deadlock on a verdict.

The jury ― which included seven white women, two white men, two black women and one black man ― deliberated for more than 30 hours over the course of five days.

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.

There was no agreement among the experts, for example, about whether DuBose pinned Tensing's arm against the steering wheel. His first trial had 10 whites and two blacks.

The case is among several across the country in recent years that have raised attention on how police deal with blacks.

The Hamilton County jury announced that it couldn't reach a verdict Friday on the fifth day of deliberations. A mistrial was declared at his first trial in 2016. In that trial, four jurors thought he was guilty of murder, four others thought he was guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and the remaining four thought he was not guilty.