Criminal Justice

A second mistrial is declared for Ohio officer accused in fatal shooting of black driver

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An Ohio judge has again declared a mistrial in the prosecution of Ray Tensing, a University of Cincinnati police officer accused of fatally shooting a black man he pulled over for driving a car without a front license plate.

Judge Leslie Ghiz declared a mistrial after jurors said they were deadlocked after five days of deliberations, report NBC News, and the New York Times. Tensing’s first trial also ended with a hung jury. He was charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the July 2015 death of Sam DuBose.

Jurors told Ghiz they were almost evenly split.

The trial is the third in a week in which the trial of a police officer for shooting a black man ended without a conviction, the New York Times points out. Jurors acquitted a Milwaukee police officer Wednesday, and jurors acquitted a Minnesota police officer last Friday.

In the Ohio case, prosecutors had maintained there was no justification for the shooting, while the defense said Tensing believed he was going to be dragged by DuBose’s car after DuBose closed the door and turned on the ignition. Tensing had testified he believed at the time that his arm was caught in the steering wheel—a claim contradicted by video evidence—and thought his life was in danger.

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