*As we await the installation of Donald Trump as president, a development in the trial of the police officer who shot black, unarmed Cincinnati motorist Samuel DuBose, is making news and a lot of folks won’t be happy to hear it.
On Saturday in Ohio a judge declared a mistrial, in the case of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing charged with murder in the shooting death of DuBose during a traffic stop last year. The jurors are hopelessly deadlocked
The panel of six white men, four white women and two black women began deliberating on Wednesday at the Common Pleas Court in Hamilton County on whether former officer Tensing was guilty of murder or voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of DuBose.
Prosecutors have until Nov. 28 to decide whether there will be a retrial. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said he hoped that would happen.
The 12 jurors had told Judge Megan Shanahan on Friday that they had failed to reach a unanimous verdict, but she ordered them to redouble their efforts.
She declared a mistrial after hearing how, despite “a night of sleep and two additional hours of deliberations,” the panel had still failed to agree.
Tensing, who had pleaded not guilty and was free on $1 million bond, drank from a water bottle and stared straight ahead as Shanahan spoke. None of DuBose’s relatives were present in the courtroom.
Tensing was fired from the University of Cincinnati Police Department after being indicted in July 2015.
DuBose’s killing fueled demonstrations against use of lethal force by white officers against unarmed blacks and other minorities, an issue which has been the focus of nationwide protests and a renewed national debate over racial bias in the criminal justice system.
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