Milwaukee DA Comes Clean, Admits Bail Was “Inappropriately Low” for Waukesha Parade Crash Suspect

Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office just came clean and admitted the suspected driver the Christmas parade massacre was out on ‘inappropriately low bail.’

It gets worse for the DA, John T. Chisholm, who championed bail reform while in office.

Reporter Kristen Barbaresi discovered that Brooks was out on this low bail for a domestic violence case where the victim said Brooks “intentionally ran her over with his vehicle while she was walking through a parking lot.”

She wrote: Details about Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks: He was recently released on $1000 cash bond in a domestic violence case. That incident happened 11/5, the victim told police Brooks intentionally ran her over with his vehicle while she was walking through a parking lot.

Brooks’ arrest report from the November incident says:

“EAP reported that she was walking eastbound on W. Appleton to the BP Gas Station at 7311 W. Capitol Drive. EAP reported that BROOKS followed EAP there and pulled up besides EAP and told EAP to get into the vehicle. EAP refused to get into the vehicle and BROOKS, intentionally and without consent, struck EAP in the face with a closed fist. EAP walked away from BROOKS.

“EAP reported that BROOKS then, intentionally and without consent, ran EAP over with his vehicle while EAP was walking through the parking lot of the BP gas station.”

Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm’s office issued a statement that said:

“Below is the summary of pending charges against Mr. Darrell Brooks: On July 27, 2020, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office issued two counts of second-degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and Felon In Possession of a Firearm in case2020CF002550.

“Cash bail was originally set at $10,000 and subsequently reduced to $7,500.Unlike some other states, Wisconsin requires payment for the full amount of bail set in any criminal case.

“On February 9, 2021, the State was prepared to proceed to a scheduled jury trial. Mr. Brooks was still in custody on this matter and previously made a demand for a speedy jury trial. Because another jury trial was in progress before the same court, the defendant’s demand for a speedy jury trial could not be met.

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“The case was adjourned and bail reduced to $500, which the defendant posted on February 21, 2021. On November 5, 2021, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office issued against Mr.Brooks charges of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Felony Bail Jumping, Battery, Obstructing an Officer, and Disorderly Conduct in case 2021CF004596.

“The most recent case against Mr. Brooks was appropriately charged. The State made a cash bail request in this case of$1,000, which was set by the court.

“The defendant posted $1,000 cash bail on November 11, resulting in his release from custody. The State’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks.

“The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.

“This office is currently conducting an internal review.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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