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At Rally For Sam DuBose, Demonstrators Call For Civil Rights Charges Against Officer

Sam DuBose's brother Aubrey says he will not give up, despite two hung juries and a decision not to try former University of Cincinnati Police officer Ray Tensing a third time in Hamilton County Court.

Aubrey DuBosre called for federal charges while at a Saturday night rally on Fountain Square in Cincinnati, where demonstrators also marched to The Banks.

"Sam's death is going to bring about a lot of changes," he said. "We're going to take it to the federal level."

U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman is considering charging Tensing with civil rights violations, but he has not made a decision.

More than a hundred demonstrators showed support for DuBose at the rally, including Brian Taylor with Black Lives Matter.

Taylor urged people to come out Monday for a counter-protest at 6:00 p.m. on the Purple People Bridge. That's where supporters of Ray Tensing will be.

Activist Iris Roley told the crowd she is getting tired of the injustice.

"It is overwhelmingly overwhelming,” Roley said. “It's the worst that we've ever seen in history."

As the crowd stopped on Freedom Way, Ron Schaible tried to cross the street and got angry at the protestors.

"I respect the court system just like everybody else should do,” Schaible said. “You want justice? How many times you want to try him - 25 times?"

Ray Nandyal, who showed up to support DuBose, says police have become the judge, jury and executioner.

"Without any trial, people are being put to death on the streets like dogs,” Nandyal said.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.