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Judge Declares Another Mistrial For Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Sam DuBose

26 June 2017, 04:10 | Laverne Osborne

A Second Mistrial In University of Cincinnati Officer Prosecution

A look at high-profile police-related killings of blacks

This is the second time the case has ended in a mistrial - the jury was deadlocked in the first trial, which ended last November.

A second mistrial was declared Friday in the case of a white University of Cincinnati officer who killed an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop.

Prosecutors haven't had much success convicting police officers in high-profile cases, even when the shooting is on video.

After 30 hours of deliberations, jurors said they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on either of the two charges Tensing faced - murder and voluntary manslaughter. A review of police footage showed Tensing in no danger during the July 2015 incident involving the unarmed motorist.

The NAACP of Cincinnati blasted the hung jury result and said it will demand justice.

The police officers fired their weapons, saying they had feared for their lives. Nine of the jurors were white, and three were black. His first trial had 10 whites and two blacks. DuBose's family has called for another retrial.

WEINGARTNER: That's correct. The prosecutor said at the time that it was murder.

The prosecutor during the first trial, Joseph Deters, had strongly criticised the shooting. "It was totally unwarranted".

It is the fourth time that courts haven't convicted police officers charged with the death of black men. Outrage over a frequent reluctance to prosecute and jurors' increasing failure to find officers guilty has sometimes boiled over, leading to protests. The trial took place in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"But we want the same deference, black families in America want the same deference". "The family wants reconciliation". "They don't want any violence", Mingo said.

When it comes to the Sylville Smith shooting incident, the former police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was acquitted by a jury.

The University of Cincinnati fired Tensing a year ago after his indictment. It restructured its public safety department and made other policing reforms. When Tensing asked DuBose for his license, he said he didn't have it. The charge carries a possible sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

The jury was 8 to 4 not guilty of murder and 7 to 5 not guilty of manslaughter, FOX19 NOW learned. That carries a possible sentence of three to 11 years.

"I don't know if there will be a retrial and if there's not a retrial that means he gets to go live his life and justice has not been served".

Almost a quarter of those killed were African Americans although the group accounts for roughly 12 percent of the total USA population.

The 27-year-old Tensing testified he feared he was going to be killed. Last Friday, a Minnesota officer was found not guilty.

Dozens of protesters gathered on the rainy streets of Cincinnati.

Police claimed that Lyles, who had a history of mental illness, had been armed with a knife.

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