Don Woods offers condolences to victims of his son’s deadly violence
Waukesha, Wis. , Darrell BrooksAccording to a press report, the mother broke her silence in a letter to the media on Wednesday, accusing the tragedy of the lack of mental health services for her son.
Brooks was living with his mother, 62-year-old Don Woods, when they pawned off their red Ford Escape at an annual Christmas parade on November 21, which killed six people and injured more than 60, according to court records. .
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“We are not making excuses, but we believe that what happened is because she was not given the help and resources she needed,” Woods wrote in the letter. CBS58 told,
According to the letter and court papers, Brooks, 39, suffered from mental illness and had been taking medication since childhood.
“Institutions that are equipped and trained personnel need resources as well as resources in communities where people with mental illness live,” the letter said. “Prison is not the answer, because they are released into a society worse than when they entered. We all see how much tragedy can happen.”
Her son, a career criminal, has a huge rap sheet with more than two dozen arrests spread across Georgia, Wisconsin and Nevada.
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In a widely criticized move, a junior Milwaukee prosecutor requested $1,000 cash bail after he was busted for allegedly running over his ex-girlfriend with his SUV, leaving a tire mark on his left leg. had gone. Woods posted his son’s bail on November 5, and 16 days later he allegedly used the same vehicle to launch a gruesome attack on the vacationers.
Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm called the bail “unreasonably low” and launched an internal investigation into the decision.
“We as a society must take mental illness seriously or suffer the consequences by fixing a broken system, sadly to say that what happened in Waukesha will continue to happen across the country, in one form or another. More innocent lives are lost and bereaved in families and communities,” Dawn wrote.
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Brooks’ mother expressed her condolences to the victims and Waukesha Community.
“What was a day of joy has become a day of tragedy and heartache – a day we wish with all our hearts would never have happened,” the letter said.
He said that Brooks comes from a “loving Christian family” and is the minister’s grandson.
Trouble began when it was determined as an adult that he no longer suffered from mental illness and his treatment was terminated, according to Woods.
“Instead of offering support and resources to deal with the problem, a prison cell was given over and over again,” she wrote.