Faith leaders: No justice until Tensing is convicted

Faith leaders: No justice until Tensing is convicted

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - About fifty members of Cincinnati's Black Clergy, along with fellow clergy throughout the city, gathered outside Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters' office Monday morning in an effort to convince Deters to retry the Ray Tensing case.

"There will be no justice until we have a conviction," said community activist Bishop Bobby Hilton. "By one week from today, we would like to hear from Mr. Deters that this case indeed will be re-tried. That we will do our best to get a conviction in this case," said Hilton.

Deters has a court date scheduled for Nov. 28 to let Judge Megan Shanahan know if he does intend to bring Tensing back in court.

A jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision after 25 hours of deliberations last week. Tensing, a University of Cincinnati police officer at the time, shot and killed Sam DuBose in July 2015 during a traffic stop near campus.

Since the verdict, demonstrations and protests have been held downtown. Tensions have been running high, but for the most part, the protests have been peaceful.

"We know there are people who are ready to explode," said Hilton. "We're trying to prevent that from happening. That's our goal. And if we can keep things moving, then I believe we'll keep things...keep a lid on things."

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