All the cases started with a routine traffic stop.
Deliberations in the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot an unarmed black motorist have gone on longer than in his first trial. You have to have a front plate in Ohio.
Samuel DuBose, Sylville Smith and Philando Castile all ended up losing life after police firing.
The police officers fired their weapons, saying they had feared for their lives.
Jurors in the murder retrial of a white OH police officer charged in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist say they are deadlocked, but a judge told them to keep deliberating. And ultimately it came down to whether the jury believed one expert - believed themselves what the experts told them what they saw in the video because it's just so blurry and so quick that apparently with a mistrial, the jury must have found it inconclusive.
In May, Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby was acquitted in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man.
Prosecutors said repeatedly that the evidence contradicted Tensing's story.
The family commends the prosecutors for their strong presentation in this case but we are outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose.... A jury could not come to agreement last November and the judge also declared a mistrial then. The driver had no license plate.
"Based on my time and training with internal investigations", she testified, "I thought I was looking at an officer-involved shooting where his actions may be determined to be justified based on the events surrounding the actual shooting and taking into consideration the information about the prior conduct of Mr. DuBose and Officer Tensing". But DuBose held it shut. A forensic video expert analyzed Tensing's body camera footage and testified the auto didn't begin moving until.178 seconds (less than a second) before Tensing fired the fatal shot.
"Shot fired! Shot fired!" someone yelled moments later. His vehicle rolled for about a block before crashing.
Ray Tensing shot and killed driver Sam DuBose during a July 2015 traffic stop. When Tensing asked DuBose for his license, he said he didn't have it.
The jurors had said on Friday that they were unable to reach a verdict in Tensing's trial, but the judge had sent them back to try again on the counts of murder and voluntary manslaughter.
The prosecutor during the first trial, Joseph Deters, had strongly criticized the shooting.
"I meant to stop the threat", he told jurors last week.
WEINGARTNER: There's the body-camera video that he was wearing. For two nights, protesters torched a half dozen businesses, smashed cars and hurled rocks at police. The shooting was captured on a dashcam video.
As in his first trial, Tensing testified in his own defense and said his arm was pinned inside DuBose's vehicle when DuBose tried to speed away.