Thousands sign 'Free Ray Tensing' petition against third trial

The group made this graphic and plans to put it on t-shirts. (Provided)
The group made this graphic and plans to put it on t-shirts. (Provided)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Thousands of people have signed a petition urging Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters not to retry former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing.

The "Free Ray Tensing" group is headed by Lacy Robinson, of Hamilton. As of Tuesday afternoon, Robinson's petition has more than 5,000 signatures.

"We do believe from the evidence and from the two hung juries that he is innocent and that he did act according to his training," said Robinson. "We are supporting him just as others are supporting the other side."

The "Free Ray Tensing" group plans to print t-shirts that read #TensingProud and #BacktheBlue over an American Flag graphic. They're going to wear the shirts at a march planned for July 24.

Deters is set to announce his decision about a third trial on Tuesday.

Tensing shot and killed Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop in 2015.

After two mistrials, DuBose's family has called for a third murder trial against Tensing.

[Related: DuBose family calls for 3rd Tensing trial, blasts judge on 2nd one]

Robinson says a vigil and march planned for July 24 at 6 p.m. at Sawyer Point Pavilion will include prayers said for both families.

"There's obviously going to be negative feedback no matter and I have seen comments, you know, that, racist and things like that, which is absolutely not true," said Robinson. "I let [the Dubose family] know that their families are in my prayers and that I do understand where they're coming from and that I have no hard feelings toward them at all."

Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. His latest trial ended in a hung jury in June.

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