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Protests Follow Mistrial Declaration In Tensing Case

A protest involving nearly one thousand people has broken up after a march through downtown Cincinnati following a mistrial in the case against a white former University of Cincinnati police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist last year.

Protesters briefly blocked a streetcar line but remained peaceful Saturday in the hours after a county judge declared a mistrial in the murder trial of  Ray Tensing. The protest had grown after members of a rally opposing Donald Trump's election joined it. Tensing shot Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop. Tensing was later fired. Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters says his team proved the murder charge, but the jury was deadlocked with eight of the 12 jurors in favor of a lesser charge.

DuBose family attorney Al Gerhardstein says his clients are shocked by the verdict.


DuBose's cousin was in the courtroom when the hung jury was declared.


During the trial, Tensing claimed he shot Dubose because he felt his life was threatened when Dubose started to drive away from the traffic stop.  Deters says there's no evidence the car was in motion.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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