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Protesters gather outside Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office

(Source: FOX19 NOW/Amber Jayanth) (Source: FOX19 NOW/Amber Jayanth)

Employees at the Hamilton County Prosecutor's officer were greeted with nearly a dozen protesters lined up outside the door on Thursday.

Chants saying “When I say Tensing you say guilty, guilty. When I say Tensing you say jail, jail” was shouted by the group organized by Black Live Matter Cincinnati and the Countdown to Conviction Coalition. 

The protesters are calling for the Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to retry Ray Tensing a third time for shooting and killing Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in 2015.

Hali Greene is a protester with the Countdown to Conviction Coalition.

She says she was unhappy with the first two trials that ended with a hung jury. 

“All we want right now is a fair trial and for the things that have been missing from the two previous trial to be brought to light,” said Greene.  

Greene argues that key evidence has been ignored. 

“The fact that he was wearing a confederate flag t-shirt under his shirt is a direct indicator of his character and the fact the he pulled over predominately people of color at a high rate throughout his department,” said Greene.

The protest remained peaceful.

Some continued to walk past the group as though they were a regular fixture on the street, others stopped and chanted with the group momentarily. Greene says if nothing else the demonstration shows the DuBose family that they are not alone. 

“We are here to support the DuBose family and all of the other families who have suffered from the loss of someone because police brutality, so that’s why we are here to stand in solidarity with those families and to finally see justice," said Greene.

Deters says he believes Tensing committed murder when he shot DuBose. 

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office says Deters won’t comment on the case until sometime during the week of July 10.

Black Lives Matter and the Countdown to Conviction Coalition say they will continue to have a presence outside of the prosecutor’s office every day to send a message that they demand a retrial and a conviction of Tensing.

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