CAUTION: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
MISHAWAKA, Ind. — REAL News Michiana has obtained video showing Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood’s son, Joe Wood, yelling “n*****” 7 times while pretending to shoot black people.
In the video, Joe Wood is in a garage where two other white men are sitting in a Mustang convertible. Joe Wood pretends to be a police officer approaching the vehicle, calling the driver a “n*****” multiple times before he draws a gun and pretends to kill the occupants of the vehicle. The two men in the vehicle appear to be wearing Dave Wood for Mayor visors. According to sources, the video which was posted to Snapchat in July of 2022, was taken at Mayor Wood’s house, using Mayor Wood’s car.
Joe Wood is also currently employed by the City of Mishawaka Water Department. He is wearing a Mishawaka Utilities sweatshirt in the recording. Sources tell RNM at least one other person in the video is also a City of Mishawaka employee with either the Sewage or Street department.
All of the employees, including Joe Wood, serve at the discretion of the Mayor.
“Hey n*****. License and registration.” Joe Wood says in the beginning of the video while the theme song from “Cops” plays in the background.
“Is that good there officer?” A man says while handing over his ID to Wood.
Joe Wood responds by calling the man a “n*****” again.
“Freeze n*****. Got a gun in the car? Freeze n*****. Hands on the goddamn steering wheel n*****. You’re gonna get shot n*****.” Wood says to the man.
Wood then pulls out a gun and pretends to kill both occupants of the vehicle.
“He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun! Pew! Pew! Pew!” Joe Wood says.
HISTORY OF DRUNK DRIVING AND A MISHAWAKA POLICE COVER UP
In September, 22-year-old Joe Wood was drinking with his father, Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood, prior to crashing his truck in South Bend and being arrested for drunk driving. According to witnesses, Joe Wood was drinking with his father at a Notre Dame tailgate party. After leaving the tailgate, he was speeding through a South Bend neighborhood, blew through a stop sign, rolled his vehicle and smashed into multiple parked cars.
Mayor Dave Wood came out with a statement shortly after the accident claiming his son is suffering from mental health issues. However, that arrest came less than a year after the Mishawaka Police Department covered up a drunk driving incident involving Joe Wood in which the younger Wood had also been drinking with his father.
On October 28th, 2022, a Mishawaka Police Officer pulled Joe Wood over for suspicion of OWI. In bodycam video obtained by RNM, the initiating officer says he can smell alcohol on the suspect. Wood is also seen stumbling out of his car. At the beginning of the stop, Wood almost immediately starts asking for the shift commander, Captain Eric Beckham. When Beckham shows up, Joe Wood excitedly calls out his name and walks over to him. Within seconds, Beckham tells Wood to lock up his car as it is being left on scene. He then tells responding officers that he will “take care of it.” Beckham then drove Wood to his dad’s house, who happens to be the Mayor of Mishawaka. While every officer on scene appears to have had their bodycameras running during the interaction, there was no video captured by Captain Beckham.
According to sources, Captain Beckham and Mayor Wood have an extremely close relationship. Sources say Beckham is on the short list to be appointed by the Mayor as the next MPD Chief.
DAVE WOOD AND THE DEMOCRATS
While Mayor Dave Wood is technically a Republican, he recently funded and endorsed Democrats in City races. Last week, the St. Joseph County Democrat Party sent out a mailer touting Wood’s endorsement of Democrat Mishawaka City Clerk Debbie Ladyga-Block. RNM reached out to Block for comment, she never responded.
According to sources, Dave Wood was also seen at the Mishawaka Democrat election night watch party. He did not attend the Republican event.
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