Mississippi Man Fatally Struck by Off-Duty Police Officer, Family Not Notified for Months

Mississippi Man Fatally Struck by Off-Duty Police Officer, Family Not Notified for Months

Mississippi resident Dexter Wade was struck and killed by an off-duty police officer earlier this year, and his family was not notified of his death for several months. The incident has raised concerns about the handling of the case.

The last contact Betterson Wade had with her son, Dexter Wade, was on March 5. After over a week of no communication, she reported him missing to the police on March 14. Unbeknownst to her, Dexter Wade had been struck and killed by an off-duty police officer while walking along the highway in Jackson, Mississippi, on the night of March 5.

The Hinds County Coroner’s office identified Dexter Wade using a prescription bottle on March 8 and attempted to contact Betterson Wade. However, the coroner’s office was unable to reach her due to an inaccurate phone number. The police were also informed about the incident, but they were unable to locate any family members. As a result, Dexter Wade was buried in July in a field with other unclaimed bodies.

Betterson Wade continued to inquire about her son’s disappearance, but the Jackson police department claimed to have no information on his whereabouts. It was only in August that she was notified of her son’s death and paid $250 to retrieve his body.

The off-duty police officer who struck Dexter Wade does not face any charges. The city conducted an investigation into the case and concluded that there was “miscommunication” but no malicious intent. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba emphasized that there was no police misconduct involved.

Betterson Wade has retained civil rights and personal injury lawyer Ben Crump to represent her family. Crump described the circumstances surrounding Dexter Wade’s death as a “grave miscarriage of justice” and demanded transparency, accountability, and justice.

It is worth noting that Betterson Wade’s brother, George Robinson, was killed by the local police department in 2019. Although charges against two officers involved in the case were dismissed, another officer was sentenced to five years for culpable negligence manslaughter. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch has urged a state appeals court to overturn the conviction.

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