For Immediate Release
FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE OF OHIO STATEMENT ON DECISION TO RETRY OFFICER RAY TENSING
CINCINNATI, OH 11/22/16 – Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio President Jay McDonald released the following statement today after Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced plans to retry Officer Ray Tensing.
“Hamilton County plans to retry Officer Ray Tensing. Hamilton County has already spent more than a half million dollars of tax payer money on this case and to retry it with the exact same charges is wasteful and will likely produce the same results.
It’s important to note that while the previous jury was advised by experts, had the benefit of good lawyers advising them and all the time it needed to deliberate after the trial and it could not reach a verdict. Ray Tensing had to make a life or death judgment call in the matter of a split second.
As a fellow police officer, I’m concerned about the dangerous precedent that this case could have on other officers who might hesitate in a moment when decision-making is literally life or death. This is especially meaningful at a time when police are being targeted and assassinated at a shocking rate.
We’re disappointed that Officer Tensing will be subjected to a second trial, but what’s most important now is for him to get a fair hearing. That must start with the prosecutor and media acting more responsibly, without creating a circus atmosphere before, during and after the trial.
We continue to stand with Officer Tensing.”