The Milwaukee Country District Attorney’s office is conducting an internal investigation after it was revealed it allowed Darrel Brooks Jr., 39, out of jail on the extremely low bail of just $1000.
Brooks is now under arrest for the murder of five people at the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade but, just days earlier had been arrested for trying to run over the mother-of-his child, his ex-girlfriend, at a gas station.
The Milwaukee DA’s said it a letter that it was ‘inappropriate’ to have allowed the convicted felon with a 15 year long rap sheet out on bail. District Attorney John T. Chisholm wrote, “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 towards matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.”
The office is now conducting an internal ‘review’ to determine why the decision for such a low bail amount was made as critics suggest the low bail may have been part of a broader, politically motivated agenda. (Story continues below.)
John T Chisholm had previously been working to reduce his country’s prison population and had even allowed a progressive criminal justice nonprofit called Vera ‘audit’ his DA’s office.
Milwaukee witnessed a 95% increase in murders between 2019 and 2020.
Brooks was arrested on November 2 in Milwaukee for hunting down the mother of his children at a hotel, following her to a gas station, punching her with a closed fist and then running her over. His was in jail but posted a $1,000 cash bond on November 11 and by the 19th, he was on the streets. On Sunday, November 21st, he was driving his red SUV. Five people were killed and at least 40 injured in the tragedy.
On Monday, Brooks was arrested and charged with five counts of murder. Police allege that it was Brooks who plowed into a crowds of kids and the elderly at the Waukesha Christmas parade.