DuBose family reacts to mistrial

CINCINNATI (CNN/WCMH/AP) — On Saturday morning, the judge in the murder case against former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing declared a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict. Now, the family of the black man killed by Tensing last year is speaking out.

“It’s confirmation that we have a lot of racism here in this country because at the end of the day, that’s what it boils down to,” said Samuel DuBose’s fiancée Deshonda Reid. “The heart of a man, and if you have a good heart, you will have looked at that video and saw what the rest of us has seen, which was a man being murdered.”

Tensing faced murder and voluntary manslaughter for shooting and killing DuBose during a traffic stop in July 2015.

The jury spent 25 hours deliberating after the prosecution and the defense rested their cases last week.  DuBose’s daughter, Chyna DuBose Reid, witnessed the trial first hand as both sides dissected her father’s death into milliseconds.

“You can just look into my eyes right now and see that it is really hurting to know that my daddy’s not coming back,” DuBose Reid told WCPO.

Prosecutors will decide in the next two weeks whether there will be a retrial or not. DuBose’s family says they are ready for one.

“We are hurt. Hurt is turning to our strength and our will to go on and make sure that we get justice,” Reid said. “Because we’re not going to give up.”

The mayor and city manager of Cincinnati as well as the chief of police have also called for a retrial.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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