Pro­test­ers march af­ter mis­trial de­clared

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Jurors failed to come up with a ver­dict against a white former po­lice of­fi­cer charged with mur­der in the fatal shooting of an un­armed black mo­torist and were lean­ing to­ward a lesser con­vic­tion, a pros­e­cu­tor said Satur­day af­ter a mis­trial was de­clared.

The jury spent some 25 hours de­bat­ing the out­come and in­di­cated sev­eral times that they were dead­locked be­fore a judge agreed.

Pros­e­cu­tors will de­cide within the next two weeks whether to retry former Uni­ver­sity of Cincinnati po­lice of­fi­cer Ray Tens­ing. He was fired af­ter shooting 43-year-old Sam DuBose in the head af­ter pulling him over for a miss­ing front li­cense plate on July 19, 2015.

Tens­ing, 26, tes­ti­fied he feared he was go­ing to be killed. Pros­e­cu­tors said re­peat­edly the ev­i­dence con­tra­dicted Tens­ing’s story.

About 1,000 pro­test­ers marched through down­town chant­ing “Black lives mat­ter, Sam’s life mat­ters.”

The crowd briefly blocked a street­car line.

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