Brooks is currently a person of interest after an SUV plowed through dozens of people attending the Christmas parade in Waukesha
Milwaukee prosecutor is conducting an internal review of his own office’s decision to recommend an “unreasonably low” bail for Darrell Brooks Jr., who is interested in nearby Waukesha after plowing an SUV through a Christmas parade. are persons.
The panic killed at least five people and injured 40 – including 18 children taken to Children’s Wisconsin Hospital in Milwaukee.
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According to a spokesman for Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, Brooks has several pending cases in Milwaukee County—including a 2020 case involving two counts of felony felony endangerment and possession of a firearm . The district attorney’s office said bail was originally set at $10,000 and was later reduced to $7,500.
But because of a court scheduling conflict that would have denied Brooks the right to a speedy trial, his bail was reduced again, this time to just $500, which he posted on February 21, 2021, according to prosecutors .
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Earlier this month, Milwaukee officials charged Brooks with another reckless dangerous count, felony, bail jumping, obstructing an officer, and disorderly conduct. He was released on November 11 on $1,000 cash bail.
Chisholm’s office said Monday, “In light of the nature of the recent allegations and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks, the recommendation for state bail in this case was unreasonably low.” “The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office’s approach to cases involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the defendant’s risk assessment prior to the establishment of bail.”
The DA’s office said the decision to recommend bail is under internal review.