A lot is riding one of the most important and high-profile cases in the history of Cincinnati’s Hamilton County, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The major issues at stake in former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing’s retrial include Tensing’s fate, the university’s vulnerability to a wrongful termination suit for violation of Tensing’s union contract, the black community’s trust in the court system, the possibility of unrest in the black community if there is an acquittal or another mistrial, and the credibility of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. Jury selection starts tomorrow.
Tensing again faces murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015. A mistrial was declared Nov. 12 in Tensing’s first trial. Prosecutors said a jury survey showed a 10-2 vote to convict Tensing for manslaughter. Tensing, who testified in his defense, said he feared for his life and that DuBose attempted to drive away during the stop. Tensing said his arm was caught inside DuBose’s car and that he was being dragged when he fired. It’s a hard sell to get a jury to convict a police officer in Hamilton County.