BLM, other groups to protest 2nd Tensing mistrial at tonight's FCC game

BLM, other groups to protest 2nd Tensing mistrial at tonight's FCC game
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (FOX19 NOW/file)
Samuel DuBose's family is calling for a third trial. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Samuel DuBose's family is calling for a third trial. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Ray Tensing (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Ray Tensing (Cincinnati Enquirer)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Black Lives Matter Cincinnati and the AMOS project are among several groups holding a protest of the second Tensing mistrial at tonight's FC Cincinnati's nationally televised game.

BLM Cincinnati's Facebook page asks participants to wear black and carry signs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a "Call to Action Public Demonstration."

The protest will be held at the University of Cincinnati, just before FC Cincinnati faces Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup at Nippert Stadium, according to BLM Cincinnati Facebook page.

Demonstrators are expected to organize near the stadium, right the 25,000 people expected to attend the game will line up to enter.

ESPN2 is broadcasting the 8 p.m. match live.

"A grave injustice occurred in Cincinnati when the Tensing Retrial resulted in a hung jury, yet again a police officer walks free for the murder of a Black man," reads a post about the protest on Black Lives Matter Cincinnat'is Facebook page.

"Former UCPD officer Ray Tensing murdered Sam Dubose on July 19, 2015. The City of Cincinnati, and more broadly the American criminal justice system, told us once again that you can murder a Black man, lie about what happened, wear a confederate flag shirt under your uniform, and still walk free.

"We will show up at the FC Cincinnati game to tell both UC administration and the City of Cincinnati that we demand justice for Sam DuBose. We must show up and stand for justice. Wear black. Bring signs."

By Wednesday morning, 146 people indicated they planned to attend and another 346 were interested.

UC police plan to monitor the situation.

They have no problem with protesters as long as they are peaceful and respectful, said UC's police chief, Anthony Carter.

"I like to use the term 'be visible but invisible,'" said Chief Carter, a former Cincinnati police veteran who was instrumental in reform within that department before UC hired him after a national search last summer.

"We don't want any attention brought on us because people should be enjoying and participating in whatever they came here for."

If Tensing, 27, is retried, it's not clear what charges he would face.

Tensing's second trial on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter ended in another mistrial Friday.

Jurors told the judge they were deadlocked after deliberated more than 31 hours over five days.

The  jury was 8 to 4 not guilty of murder and 7 to 5 not guilty of manslaughter.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has repeatedly insisted he believes Tensing committed murder when he shot DuBose, 43.

Deters won't comment on the case until sometime the week of July 10, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

Tensing says DuBose was pulling away from the stop, and Tensing fired his gun because he feared being dragged to death.

Prosecutors contend Tensing lied and did not need to use deadly force.

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