Mistrial Declared for 2nd Time in Case of Ohio Cop Who Shot and Killed Sam Dubose

Ray Tensing (Mark Lyons/Getty Images)
Ray Tensing (Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

For the second time, jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the murder trial of Ray Tensing, the (now-former) University of Cincinnati police officer who shot Sam Dubose in the head during a traffic stop.


According to WCPO, jury deliberations began Monday after six days of testimony and one day of closing arguments from both the defense and the prosecution.

The retrial called the same experts and told the same stories and made the same arguments as in the first trial, which also ended up in a hung jury, with one alteration in Tensing’s story, where he claimed that Dubose had pinned his arm inside the car and then accelerated. This, it had been argued, forced the cop to shoot to protect himself.

Back in 2015, a grand jury indicted Tensing on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. in November 2016, after 25 hours of deliberations, the jury, which consisted of 10 whites and two blacks, ended up deadlocked.

At 10:30 a.m. Friday, jurors informed Judge Leslie Ghiz that they were deadlocked, but she insisted that they return to the jury room to deliberate further—however, nothing changed.


At around 2:15 p.m., jurors declared that they were “evenly split” and unable to reach a verdict after nearly 30 hours of deliberations across a five-day period.

Read more at WCPO.

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For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to watch the body cam footage again. Mostly because I remembered there being one particular shooting where a cop looked like he basically executed someone for trying to drive away from the scene of a traffic stop.

Yep, that was this one.

The reality of what happened here is pretty simple. Dubose was executed for trying to flee the scene, then the lil’ piggy who murdered him made up some bullshit about fearing for his life because he knows that the law has a loophole to let cops get away with murder if they say the magic words “I feared for my life!”

They don’t even have to prove that they were afraid they would die. They just have to recite the magic words convincingly enough to get some dumbfuck, implicitly-biased cop sycophant to believe it enough to refuse to be swayed by fellow jury members.

The legal system already goes a long way to protect defendants. I’m not really sure why cops need the benefit of a magic Get Out Of Murder Free card that no other citizen gets. If they didn’t have that, we’d see a hell of a lot more cops actually giving some thought to when they were going to draw and discharge their firearm. Right now, they don’t have to give it that thought because they know that there is a failsafe that they can use to protect themselves if they happen to make a bad call.