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Audio: GOP Sheriff, Congressional Candidate Claims People Shot by Police Were Going to Jail Anyway

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Just amazing — this Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 4th CD, Mike Wade, is actually not just a police officer but a SHERIFF. Yet here’s what he had to say last night (audio below), in the 4th CD congressional debate with Democrat Donald McEachin, about people getting shot by police:

…But you know, we always talk about the police officer as being the one that’s wrong in these situations…Some of ’em are wrong, no doubt, but some of ’em are right…I think the greater problem in this area is the problem we have in this country of mental health and substance abuse; if you look at most of these incidentsthe majority of those people in these situations that are shot are on the way to jail — 85% of the people that are in jail have substance abuse problems and 30% have mental illness problems

Donald McEachin’s (disgusted) response:

I am absolutely stunned, I cannot believe I just heard you say that the people who have gotten shot were on their way to jail anyway. You know, the man who was shot in Minnesota with a broken taillight was NOT on his way to jail. You know, when I got pulled over for checking my [campaign] signs at midnight…I didn’t have a mental health problem and I wasn’t on my way to jail. So, Mike I really urge you to rethink that statement, because it’s just not right...it’s a scary thing when you get pulled over, and I would imagine it’s even a scarier thing when all you’re trying to do is obey a police officer’s order and you get shot.

Wade doubles down: “I agree that all of ’em aren’t that way, but the majority of ’em do involve people that are going to jail…There’s two sides to the story, and we’ll never solve the problem if we just talk about your side of the story…”

McEachin nails him: “As long as you’re going to go around thinking that everybody who’s getting shot is going to jail, that’s the beginning of the problem.”

Wow.

  • DPVA on Wade’s comments: “It is shocking to hear a congressional candidate be so cavalier toward police shootings, most of which involve African-American men. These comments are racist, unacceptable, and Mike Wade should immediately apologize for his remarks”

  • PigStateNews

    At least 933 people have been killed by U.S. police since January 1, 2016.
    At least 1,208 were killed in 2015.
    At least 1,112 were killed in 2014.
    At least 4,028 have been killed since May 1, 2013,
    the day this list was created: killedbypolice[dot]net
    More than three times as many have been shot and survived, initially.
    Thousands more have died due to neglect and use of force in U.S. jails and prisons.
    An untold number have been tortured, brutalized, raped and molested.