Cincinnati NAACP on Deters' decision: "The pursuit of justice was abandoned today."
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says he will not try Ray Tensing a third time in the shooting death of Sam DuBose.
Deters did say his office and the U.S. Attorney’s office have been and are in communication with each other and that Department of Justice will now look into the case and consider filing federal civil rights charges.
The Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer was tried twice on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter for killing DuBose during a traffic stop on July 19th, 2015. Both trials ended in a hung jury.
“I have to tell you this has been the most difficult decision in my career because I truly believe in this case,” said Deters. “I think since 2008 we've cleared 51 police officers. This is the first we've ever charged with a crime for a shooting like this, and it rips my heart out. I know how the family feels and I know how horrible it is for them but I swore to do this and I’m going to do it.”
Now it’s up the justice department. Right now there’s no timetable of when a decision will be made if civil rights violation charges will be brought against Tensing.
"It is sad to say here today there is no justice for us,” said Audrey DuBose, the mother of Sam Dubose.
Surround by family and supported by numerous organizations, the DuBose family spoke at length of their frustration with the decision to not try Tensing again in Hamilton County.
“Since we got more racist in Hamilton county than not, we can’t get a conviction. That’s basically what the prosecutor told us,” said Terina Allen, the sister of Sam DuBose.
That mood is also shared with many outspoken members of the black community.
“The pursuit of justice was abandoned today,” said Joe Mallory, the First Vice President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the NAACP. “The system and its outcome have once again cast a shadow of disappointment and distrust in a judicial system that never delivered on its promise of justice for all.”
Donyetta Baily, The President of the Cincinnati Black Lawyers Association added “I personally fault Joe Deters for not trying. Just because justice is hard doesn't mean you give up and you quit.”
Many outside the prosecutor’s office and members of the office believe race is one of the main reasons the first two trials ended the way they did.
"It's shameful, it's extremely shameful," said Iris Roley. “You cannot get a conviction when cops murder, this is ridiculous."
Allen also addresses what’s happening all around the country when it comes to a police officer shooting and killing black men.
"I don't care if you're white or black, this fight is about law enforcement having a free range to kill people. They just getting away with it far more with blacks,” said Allen.