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Jurors set to return for 5th day in police shooting retrial

24 Juin 2017

Samuel Dubose was killed after being initially stopped for driving without a front license plate.

Deters said that Tensing said he pulled Dubose over because Dubose's auto was missing a front license plate.

Dozens of people demonstrated in steady rain outside the Hamilton County courthouse.

"The message that is being sent is, if you are black, all the police officer has to do is say they were in fear of their life and they get away with murder because the victim (is) black", the local NAACP said in a statement.

Elected officials in Cincinnati and religious leaders are expressing disappointment about the second mistrial in the case of an unarmed black motorist who was killed by a white police officer after a traffic stop.

Cincinatti Mayor John Cranley expressed his condolences to the DuBose family at a news conference and said residents have the right to protest peacefully.

In the chaotic next moments, Mr DuBose appears to reach for the ignition of his vehicle, and the officer reaches in to stop him. Tensing claimed he shot DuBose in self-defense because he said DuBose tried to speed off from the stop and drag him with the vehicle.

The family of the unarmed black motorist who died after he was shot by a white OH police officer in a traffic stop is demanding a third trial.

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. "Do I disengage and let Sam DuBose drive away or do I kill him?"

Tensing told investigators that he feared for his life.

An Ohio judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of former University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing, who faces charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Sam DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop.

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Friday's mistrial came after more than 30 hours of deliberations, which started on Monday.

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

The prosecutor during the first trial, Joseph Deters, had strongly criticised the shooting.

Tensing was the third current of former police officer in the United States to be tried for shooting a black man in the past week. Ghiz said as a result, she had to declare a mistrial; she thanked the jurors and dismissed them. Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, listens to Assistant Prosecutor Stacey DeGraffenreid present closing arguments at his retrial at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincin.

After resting its case, the prosecution requested the judge add a lesser count of reckless homicide for the jury to consider.

This jury had nine whites and three blacks.

The University of Cincinnati fired Tensing previous year after his indictment.

The first case, in 2016, was also declared a mistrial after the jury announced they were deadlocked after 25 hours of deliberation.

Two other officers were on scene, and their body cameras captured other angles of the shooting's aftermath.

For a second time, a jury has been unable to agree on whether Ray Tensing was justified when he fatally shot Sam DuBose during a traffic stop.

By comparison, the first trial jury consisted of six white women, four white men, and two African-American women.