July 25, 2017
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The voluntary manslaughter and murder charges against former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing who shot and killed Sam DuBose, an unarmed black motorist, during a traffic stop have been dropped.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz dropped the charges with prejudice, meaning the case has been dismissed permanently.
Two different juries did not reach a unanimous agreement on the state charges resulting in two mistrials.
In July of 2015, Tensing shot 43-year-old DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a missing license plate. Tensing was fired after the shooting and testified during both trials stating that he feared he was going to be dragged or ran over as DuBose drove away.
Prosecutors brought in an expert who said his frame-by-frame analysis of the former officer’s body camera video showed that Tensing was not being dragged by the car.
DuBose’s family wanted a third trial and are disappointed with the formal dismissal, shares DuBose’s sister, Terina Allen.
DuBose receiving justice is now in the hands of U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman who announced that his office is still looking at the case for possible federal civil rights violations against Tensing. “We want them to give Sam some kind of justice,” Allen said.
The University of Cincinnati reached a $5.3 million settlement with DuBose’s family, including free undergraduate tuition for his 13 children.
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