In October 2023, it was reported that Dexter Wade, 37, wanted by his mother for the past five months, was fatally struck by an off-duty police officer while driving a police SUV in Jackson, Mississippi on March 5, 2023, and then buried in a mass grave for unidentified bodies at the Hinds County Jail Cemetery on July 14, 2023.
Police did not suspect the officer was intoxicated and did not test him for sobriety. Wade’s death was ruled an accident. According to the coroner, he called the mother of the deceased, Bettersten Wade, three days later, but she did not answer. However, the mother claims she never received any calls. Bettersten Wade reported her son missing a week after she last saw him, but she did not learn of his tragic fate until August 2023, when police told his mother what had happened.
Bettersten Wade believes that police withheld information about her son from her in retaliation for an earlier lawsuit she filed against the police officer who killed her brother. The police officer was found guilty and convicted of manslaughter.
Bettersten Wade intends to seek just punishment for the officer who killed her son and the police leadership who withheld information about her son from her for 5 months.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
Mississippi State Police reportedly ran Dexter Wade to death, buried him, and didn’t notify his mother for months.
The Initiative Group has asked US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland for clarification on the current case. The Initiative Group considers it important to fight police brutality and can provide legal and informational assistance to Dexter Wade’s family if necessary.