Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing was charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop two years ago. Two trials ended with jurors unable to agree on a verdict. Tensing could still face prosecution under federal civil rights laws.
The voluntary manslaughter and murder charges against former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were formally dismissed Monday, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Judge Leslie Ghiz dropped the charges with prejudice, meaning this case against Tensing is dismissed permanently. However, U.S Attorney Ben Glassman has said his office is looking into federal civil rights violations against Tensing. He was charged in the July 2015 shooting death of unarmed black motorist Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. Two trials ended with jurors unable to agree on a verdict.
The dead man’s sister, Terina DuBose Allen, called the dismissal “disappointing.” She added, “We continue to believe the Department of Justice will intervene…and somewhere in this system we will have justice.” Tensing’s attorney, Stew Mathews, said the former officer is “relieved” but knows a possible federal indictment hangs over him. “He is still concerned,” Mathews said. The lawyer praised jurors for being “extremely attentive” and said the juries “were divided along racial lines. That is America today.”