The nation was horrified over the weekend when a motorist drove an SUV through a Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade, and it has now emerged that the suspect in the incident was recently released on bail after being accused of driving over a woman during a domestic dispute, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Darrell Brooks, Jr., the 39-year-old man suspected of plowing his vehicle into parade marchers on Sunday, injuring almost 50 and killing six, has a long criminal rap sheet and has faced charges on three separate occasions over the past two years involving reckless endangerment of others, as the outlet noted.
The most recent incident occurred earlier this month, and in it, Brooks was accused of purposefully running a woman over with his vehicle in a gas station parking lot following some sort of domestic dispute between the two.
Shockingly, Brooks was able to secure release from custody on the latest charges by paying a bond of just $1,000, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, an amount District Attorney John Chisholm admitted this week was “inappropriately low,” given the violent nature of the allegations against him.
According to the district attorney’s statement on the matter, his office is “currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this matter in order to determine the appropriate next steps.”
Chisholm has faced serious criticism for his past history as a champion of progressive criminal justice reforms that even he had to admit all but “guaranteed” that dangerous individuals such as Brooks would be released back onto the street resulting in deaths, as the New York Post noted.
Throughout Chisholm’s tenure – which dates back to 2007 – he has advocated for cash-bail reform measures, suggesting that the manner in which such a system typically works ends up criminalizing poverty.
When asked in the past whether the changes he wants made would pose a heightened risk to public safety, Chisholm replied, “Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen.”
Sadly, yet totally predictably, Chisholm was not wrong, and now there are at least six families – with more perhaps to come – mourning the completely avoidable loss of their loved ones at the hands of someone who, but for the skewed priorities of the woke, would never have been allowed to roam free.