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New York, NY –– Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), will deliver the eulogy for Dexter Wade on Monday, November 20th, in Jackson, Mississippi, at the request of his family. Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Wade’s family, will deliver a national call to action during the ceremony at New Horizon Church International.
The ongoing circumstances of Wade’s death have sparked national outrage, namely over authorities’ decision to bury him in a Potter’s Field.
Reports emerged last month that Wade was fatally struck on March 5th by an off-duty police officer in a Jackson Police vehicle. A prescription in Wade’s pocket had his name on it, but police continued to tell the coroner’s office no one had called to claim his body. That was despite desperate calls from his mother, Bettersten Wade, beginning with the missing person report she filed a week after he was last seen on March 5th.
Wade, a 37-year-old father, was buried several months later in a field near the Hinds County Penal Farm. Bettersten wouldn’t find out her son was dead and buried in an unmarked grave until this fall, at which point she paid a $250 fee to reclaim his body.
Yet authorities have continued to add insult to injury for Wade’s family through this week. Bettersten, relatives, and supporters arrived at the field on Monday before Wade’s body was to be exhumed in hope of leading a prayer. Officials dealt another indignity, however, as they had already unearthed his body. People were reportedly forced to step over manure to pray over Wade’s remains, which had been moved next to a nearby stable.
Rev. Sharpton and Attorney Crump have called on the Department of Justice to investigate the Jackson Police Department. On Tuesday, Rev. Sharpton sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland to formally request an investigation into the police department’s actions.
Rev. Al Sharpton
Attorney Ben Crump
Bettersten Wade and the family of Dexter Wade
New Horizon Church International
1750 Ellis Ave #200
Jackson, MS 39204
Monday, November 20th, 2023
11 a.m. CST
About National Action Network (NAN)
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