Waukesha parade crash suspect’s bail raises questions

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The suspect in a Christmas parade crash in suburban Milwaukee that killed five people was freed on $1,000 bail just two days before the fatal incident, a fact leading to a review of what had happened and prompting judges to set higher. The call has been renewed to give more power to. Bell

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A pending case against Darrell Brooks Jr. involves an allegation that he intentionally hit a woman with his car in early November after a fight. Milwaukee County prosecutors on Monday called their bail recommendation “unreasonably low” given the facts of that case and Sunday’s accident, and said they would review it.

Defense lawyer and former assistant prosecutor Julius Kim said bail could easily have been set at more than double.


“He was accused of running over the mother of his child, and I was struck down for having it for $1,000,” Kim said. “It could have been an inexperienced lawyer who was reviewing cases that day.”

Brooks, 39, was behind the wheel of an SUV off the parade route in Waukesha on Sunday, killing five and injuring 48 others, police said. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Brooks was leaving the scene of a domestic dispute that had happened just minutes earlier.

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Brooks has been charged with crimes 16 times since 1999 and had two outstanding cases against him at the time of the parade disaster. These include resisting or obstructing an officer for the November 2 incident, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, jumping on bail and battery.

Thompson said police are going to recommend that he face five charges of first-degree intentional murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison.

Legal experts cautioned that an extreme case should not be a reason to push for a higher bail amount that would put poor defendants behind bars for longer while they await trial.

“We don’t want a knee-jerk reaction here and say ‘let’s lock up a lot of people pretrial,'” said John Gross, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and director of its Public Defenders Project.

“I’m sure the district attorney’s office is going to look back on this and ask itself, ‘Did we do this wrong?’ Gross, a law school professor, said. “It’s such an extreme event… can they reasonably expect he’ll be in the back of a vehicle and drive people down the parade route? What do you know from the capacity he would have had for this kind of violence?”

Some Republicans were quick to jump on the case as an example of the broken legal system.

Republican Rebecca Klefisk, former lieutenant governor of Wisconsin who is running for governor in 2022, called the killings “yet another avoidable tragedy that allowed a violent career criminal to walk free and terrorize our community.” “

And Republican state Representative Cindy Duchow said she was reintroducing a constitutional amendment that would change the bail process in Wisconsin to allow judges to consider a defendant’s threat to the community when granting bail. Judges are currently only allowed to consider the possibility that defendants may not appear in court when granting bail.

“He tried to drive his girlfriend into his car – it’s an attempted murder,” Ducho said. “If you are a threat to society, you have to work hard to get out.”

The police chief, Thompson, said there was no evidence Sunday’s bloodshed was a terrorist attack or that Brooks knew anyone at the parade. Brooks acted alone, the chief said.

Brooks had left the site of domestic unrest before officers arrived, and was not being pursued by police at the time of the accident, according to the chief, who gave no further details on the dispute.

Brooks is an aspiring rapper. On a YouTube page, a video that has since been taken down shows him rapping in front of a red Ford SUV in parade. The rapper uses the name MathBoi Fly on his Twitter and other social media accounts.

On Sunday, a joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing and waving in Santa hats gave way to screaming and SUVs rushing through barricades and dancing, musicians and others in the community of 72,000. Seeing the broken bodies being hit.

Police have identified the dead as 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson; Lianna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81. Sorenson, Owen and Durand were members of the Dancing Granny’s Club, and Hospel helped with the group.

“It looked like a dummy was being thrown in the air,” said Nicole Schneiter, who was there with her children and grandchildren. “It took a second to register, like, ‘Did we really just watch?’ And then you saw on the road and there were people just lying on the road.”

At least nine patients, mostly children, were reported to be in critical condition at two hospitals on Monday, and seven others were reported to be in critical condition.

Hundreds of people gathered in a downtown park in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday night for candlelight vigils in honor of those lost and hurt in a fatal Christmas parade crash the day before. A couple of clergy read the names of those who died solemnly. Volunteers offered sandwiches, hot chocolate and candles in a vigil, which was attended by interfaith leaders and elected officials.

“We’re parents. We’re neighbors. We’re hurt. We’re angry. We’re sad. We’re confused. We’re grateful. We’re all in this together. We’re Waukesha Strong,” Waukesha School District Said Amanda Medina Roddy crying with.

The chief said the police were not following Brooks before he went inside…

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Waukesha

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