DuBose family calls Tensing decision 'ridiculous'

DuBose family calls Tensing decision 'ridiculous'
Samuel DuBose's sister, Terina Allen
Samuel DuBose's sister, Terina Allen

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The family of Sam DuBose is calling for action after Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Tuesday there will not be a third trial for former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.

Tensing has been tried twice on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the traffic stop shooting of Sam DuBose, but both ended in mistrials.

The DuBose family was informed of the decision, which came a day before the two-year anniversary of Sam DuBose's death, before Deters' press conference at 1 p.m.  Deters described the family's reaction as "horrible."

DuBose's mother, Audrey DuBose, spoke immediately following the public announcement and called for peaceful protests and boycotts.

"We must all keep fighting for our children to have their rights, the mother said.

Audrey DuBose brought the case to a national level, citing the lack of convictions in similar cases in the U.S. this year.

The family says their next step will be to go to the Department of Justice asking them to move forward in charging Tensing.

DuBose's sister, Terina Allen, spoke after Audrey DuBose.

"He [Ray Tensing] is going to pay for absolutely murdering Sam on July 19, 2015, Allen said. "This case is about law enforcement having a free reign to shoot and kill people."

DuBose's sister insisted there are major flaws in the country's justice system, calling Tensing a "racist bigot" and the unsuccessful conviction "ridiculous."

Allen tearfully read the letter she and her family wrote to Deters before the decision was made, saying "Sam was never a threat to Tensing or anyone else."

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