Bettersten Wade Robinson spent greater than 5 months trying to find her son Dexter Wade after he went lacking solely to search out out that not solely was he lifeless, however he had been hit by an off-duty Jackson, Mississippi police officer and buried in a pauper’s grave with out her data. Why the Jackson Police Division by no means instructed her they knew her son was lifeless regardless of her many calls, it’s nonetheless not clear. And but, as unhealthy because the scenario was, Hinds County one way or the other managed to make issues even worse.
As soon as Wade Robinson discovered her son’s grave, she requested to have the physique exhumed so she and her household might maintain a correct funeral and eventually get some peace, ABC Information stories. After they confirmed up on the agreed-upon time to start the exhumation, nonetheless, they discovered nothing however an empty gravesite. His physique had been exhumed hours earlier. Understandably, she is each upset and satisfied that Hinds County did this deliberately:
“They put him within the floor with out my permission. They dug him up with out my permission,” an outraged Wade Robinson stated as she stood close to the empty gravesite exterior the Raymond Detention Heart on Monday morning.
“Now I requested, can I exhume my youngster and attempt to get some peace … now y’all take that from me,” a tearful Wade Robinson stated… “I couldn’t even see him come out the bottom. Yall didn’t give me the time to see him earlier than he took his final breath. I didn’t get to see him come from the bottom. Cowl up!”
Lawyer Ben Crump, who represents the household, supplied proof to ABC Information that the Hinds County Board of Supervisors had agreed to start the exhumation at 11:30 a.m. that morning. So it’s laborious to know why he was as a substitute exhumed at 8:00 a.m.
“No one received permission from the household to take Dexter out the bottom within the early morning hours. It was an agreed upon place with the county that Ms. Bettersten Wade can be right here at 11:30 to begin the exhumation of her son and so they disrespected her,” Crump instructed reporters. “And like a thief within the night time, they went and pulled the physique out the bottom.”
County Administrator Kenny Wayne Jones instructed WAPT that it was a “very unlucky” incident however insisted there’s “no cover-up or something like that. Simply miscommunication.”
If that’s the case, we’re speaking about an entire lot of miscommunication right here. NBC Information stories that after Wade’s physique was exhumed, Crump says an impartial pathologist discovered a pockets within the entrance pocket of Wade’s denims that contained a state ID together with his residence deal with on it, in addition to each a credit score and a medical insurance card. Assuming that’s true, it’s even more durable to consider that officers didn’t know who Wade was or find out how to contact his household.
“What number of errors you may have earlier than you are taking accountability,” Wade Robinson instructed ABC Information. “No one has got here to me and stated that they’re sorry.”
In information that we’re positive is totally unrelated to the present scenario, as beforehand reported, this isn’t the primary time the Wade household has had issues with Jackson police. Again in 2019, Wade Robinson’s 62-year-old brother died when a police officer “slammed him to the bottom.” The officer was later convicted of manslaughter, and the Wade household has since filed a wrongful loss of life go well with towards town.