Cincinnati: No Retrial for White Officer Who Shot Black Motorist

HeadlineJul 19, 2017
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Back in the United States, a prosecutor in Cincinnati, Ohio, said Tuesday he would not pursue a third murder trial for white former police officer Ray Tensing, who shot African American Samuel DuBose in the head in July 2015, after pulling him over for having a missing front license plate. Two previous trials ended with hung juries. This is Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters.

Joseph Deters: “After discussing this matter with multiple jurors, both black and white, and—they have, to a person, said to us that we will never get a conviction in this case.”

Deters’s decision was condemned by the family of Samuel DuBose. This is Samuel DuBose’s sister Trina Allen, speaking outside the Hamilton County Courthouse just after learning there would be no retrial of Officer Tensing.

Trina Allen: “If you’re black in the United States of America, and the likelihood is a cop won’t get indicted, they’re just not going to bother with this anymore. That’s what they’re pretty much saying. They would like to have him go to jail, but they will not be trying to do anything if it’s a popularity contest. That’s basically what we were just told. Since we’ve got more racists in Hamilton County than not, we can’t get a conviction. That’s basically what the prosecutor told us.”

Samuel DuBose was shot exactly two years ago today. After the killing, Officer Tensing stated he opened fire after his arm was caught in DuBose’s car door, while DuBose drove away. The statement was directly contradicted by Tensing’s body cam video. At the time of the killing, Tensing was wearing a T-shirt under his uniform emblazoned with a Confederate battle flag.

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