Protesters march after mistrial declared
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.