October 21, 2016 News & Press Releases · Press Releases and Announcements

Republican Candidate Mike Wade (VA-04) Rationalizes Police Shootings By Saying People Shot Were Already “On Their Way To Jail”

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Yesterday, Republican congressional candidate Mike Wade (VA-04) rationalized police shootings by saying individuals arrested and shot by police were already on the path to incarceration. This exchange occurred within the context of race and bias training.

Here's what he said: “The majority of those people, in these situations that are shot, are on their way to jail.” [The Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/20/2016]

"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," said Emily Bolton, Communications Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia.