Wade calls for officials to enact legislative changes to help both citizens and police in aftermath of the citys deadliest month of gun violence in decades
Dwyane Wade has lashed out against his hometown of Chicagos gun statutes, calling them weak and saying he has already advised city officials to legislate changes to help both citizens and police.
Wade also said his children are afraid of police officers the same style that he was when he was growing up, suggested that prison systems need to do more in rehabilitating inmates, and said that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeting about the murder of his cousin last week left him with a bad savor in his mouth.
Wade spoke out to ABC News in an interview that aired Friday, the working day before the funeral for his cousin Nykea Aldridge a mother of four who was shot and killed on a Chicago street last week.
For our household, it was very tough, Wade said. The headlines alone mother walking down the street, registering her children in school, a mom of four gets murdered its tough to deal with.
Aldridge was one of 90 people murdered in August in Chicago, a city that has been ravaged by gun violence. Wade is returning to Chicago this season after expending the first 13 years of his pro career starring for the Miami Heat.
My purpose for being back in the city is bigger than basketball, Wade said. Basketball is a big part of it, of course. Its what I do for a living. But I guess my purpose at the end of the day is hopefully to come to Chicago and be a part and be the voice that can help bring people together.
Aldridge, 32, was pushing her baby in a stroller near local schools where shed planned to register her children when she was shot in the head and arm. She wasnt the intended target, police said.
Two brothers who were on parole for prior criminal activity have been charged with first-degree assassination in Aldridges demise. Darwin Sorrells Jr, 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, are being held without bail.
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