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University of Cincinnati Police Trial Ends in Second Mistrial

By Free Radical

Samuel Dubose

Samuel Dubose

For the second time in less than a year, an Ohio jury deadlocked in the trial of Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot Samuel Dubose to death in July 2015.

Last week, Judge Leslie E. Ghiz concluded the mistrial by reading a note from jury members stating that they were “almost evenly split regarding our votes toward a final verdict.”

Ryan Tensing was charged for murder after he fatally shot and wounded Samuel Dubose on what seemed to be a routine traffic stop on July 19 2015. After the incident, Tensing said that he was compelled to shoot after being dragged by Dubose’s vehicle. Dash cam footage, however, showed Tensing firing at Dubose’s as the motorist drove off. Tensing was summarily fired from his job.

The first murder trial of Tensing also ended in a mistrial in November. Local Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters has not announced if he will seek a third trial.

In a statement, Samuel Dubose’s mother, Audrey, has called for a third trial and expressed that she was “outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose.”

Tensing’s mistrial came a week after a Minnesota jury acquitted Jeronimo Yanez for killing Philando Castile, a motorist who was

Study Shows Blacks More Likely to Be Punished in the Military

 New study shows that Blacks are disproportionately punished in the military.

New study shows that Blacks are disproportionately punished in the military.

By Free Radical

The information was obtained from 2006-2015 through the Freedom of Information Act for all branches but the Navy which only had figures from 2004-2015.

Blacks in the Air Force were on average 71% more likely to be punished. The rate for the Marines was 32% and 40% for the Navy.

The report also found that Black Marines were 161% more likely to be found guilty at court martial hearings than Whites.

The military is often considered to be an American institution that levels the socioeconomic playing

Racial Slur Painted on Home of LeBron James

By MCNS Staff

Lebron James

Lebron James

A racist slur was spray-painted on the front gate of LeBron James’ Los Angeles home. LA police received a call about this act last Wednesday morning and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

In a press conference, James spoke about the racist incident when he told reporters that it is “tough” to be Black in the US.

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough,” he said.

“We got a long way to go for us as a society

Texas Senate Passes ‘Weakened’ Sandra Bland Act

BY MCNS Staff

Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland

A Sandra Bland Act was introduced to the Texas Senate and there it was reduced from a criminal justice reform bill to one that focuses on mental health issues and county jail operations as opposed to the police dismissal of the rights of motorists and police brutality. However, the Texas Senate unanimously passed the bill this past Thursday.

On July 10, 2015, White Texas state trooper Brian Encinia pulled over Sandra Bland, a 28 year-old black woman, because she failed to signal when she switched lanes to move out of his way. Encinia then escalated the situation by ordering her to put out her cigarette, then forcefully removing her from the car and brutalizing her on the side of the road. Sandra Bland was charged with resisting arrest and then was found hanged to death in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell three days later.  Her death was