The police are a shameful and shameless bunch, but this is a new low even for them.
According to NBCNews, a Jackson, Mississippi police officer fatally struck a 37-year-old black man named Dexter Wade as he attempted to cross I-55. The last time Bettersten Wade, Dexter’s mother, saw her son was on the night of March 5, 2023, when he left her home. A day later, she reported him missing and didn’t find out what really happened to him until 172 days later.
The NBC report said police knew Dexter’s name and that of his mother, but were unable to contact her. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba addressed the failure during his State of the City address last Thursday. Lumumba said police had difficulty identifying Jackson despite the fact that a pill bottle bearing his name was later found on him. For some unknown reason, the police did not even attempt to search him for proper identification.
“Somewhere, while they were trying to locate this number, Mr. Wade’s mother filed a missing person’s report a few days later. And the failure was that ultimately there was a lack of communication with the missing persons unit, the coroner’s office and the accident investigation,” Lumumba said. “They were unable to locate his family in a timely manner and he was subsequently buried once the coroner went to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to obtain permission to do so.”
Lumumba went on to call the incident “an insult to the trauma” Ms Wade endured for almost 6 months. However, he also went out of his way to insist that there was absolutely no police misconduct. register.
“It is important that we learn from these circumstances and identify ways to improve communication, but it is also important that we do not confuse the community between issues of police misconduct and circumstances that, honestly, was an unfortunate and tragic accident,” Lumumba said. .
Sorry, sir, but neither we nor the ubiquitous civil rights attorney Ben Crump are giving your agents the benefit of the doubt.
“The story of Dexter is a true nightmare for any mother. “The secrecy surrounding his death, the alleged concealment of vital information and the callous burial in a poor field without his mother’s knowledge are not mere oversights – they constitute a serious miscarriage of justice. The fact that Dexter’s tragic end involved an off-duty police officer only deepens the wounds of this community and raises troubling questions about the integrity of those charged with enforcing the law,” Crump said.
We are focused on this matter and will provide more updates as information becomes available.