CINCINNATI (FOX19) - "Yes to FCC, no to killer cops" was the message from dozens of protesters outside FC Cincinnati's high-profile match against Chicago Fire Wednesday night.
The peaceful demonstration was in response to the second mistrial for former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing, who shot and killed Samuel DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop.
Black Lives Matter Cincinnati and the AMOS project organized the "Call to Action Public Demonstration."
As fans arrived on UC's campus, the protesters gathered signatures on a petition to try Tensing for a third time. The group formed a loose picket at the entrance of Nippert Stadium, but allowed game fans to easily pass through.
Several fans agreed to sign the petition, including Joe Dillinger, a 22-year-old from northern Ohio.
"Until these people and the (DuBose) family are happy and feel justice had been done, I support another trial," Dillinger told our news partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer. "The last two trials could have been tried better. I don't think prosecutors performed to the best of their ability."
Jeff Berding, President and General Manager of FCC greeted the demonstrators with a case of bottled water before the game.
"What you guys are doing is important to the community," he said to the group. "We certainly appreciate you guys wanting to have this year tonight. We look forward to co-existing tonight."
"We don't want water, we want justice," one protester shouted as Berding left the area.
On Thursday, demonstrators will again gather outside the office of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. They hope to pressure Deters into a third murder trial against Tensing.
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.
If Tensing, 27, is retried, it's not clear what charges he would face.