Bail Set Too Low For The “High-Risk” Christmas Parade Murderer
Six people were killed, including one child, and over 60 others were injured, several critically, when 39-year-old Darrell Brooks plowed his maroon SUV into the crowd gathered to view the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Brooks, who has been charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and other offenses, was out on a $1000 bail at the time of the horrific event. Now, reports have surfaced that say the Court knew he presented several “red flags” that meant he was a likely harm to himself or others, yet set the ridiculously low bail, nonetheless.
Apparently, when Brooks appeared in front of a Milwaukee judge on Nov. 5 after he allegedly ran over his ex with the same SUV used in the deadly Christmas parade attack weeks later, a pretrial investigator had already raised flags about a serious potential to commit more crimes if he were to be let out on bail.
The Court was aware both of his extensive criminal past – stretching back two decades – and the active risk he presented to the public, the document shows. He also had an active hold from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office, and the documented noted that “Mr. Brooks is diagnosed with a serious and persistent illness which he is not receiving treatment for.”
A graph outlining his risk factors labeled him a “six” for the risk of new criminal activity, the most severe rating available. He received a “four” for a risk of failure to appear for future court dates.
The investigator also recommended pretrial supervision and a mental health evaluation.
Yet the assistant district attorney and court commissioner on the case set his bail at a meager $1,000 anyway.
Cedric Cornwall, the commissioner who set Brooks’ bail, has not responded to repeated requests by the press for an explanation for the obvious deadly mistake.
Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm last week called the sum “inappropriately low” and announced an investigation into his own office for recommending the figure that Cornwall agreed to – but he’s also declined repeated requests for further comment on the issue.
Brooks has been in and out of criminal court for more than two decades, serving time in prison and racking up convictions for domestic violence, child sex crimes, firearms, drugs, and battery.
He also had a history of bail jumping offenses – including an active warrant out of Nevada for skipping Court on another sex crime charge.
After he made bail in mid-November, he became embroiled in another domestic incident with his ex, Waukesha investigators say. In fleeing the scene, he allegedly plowed through the city’s Christmas parade on Nov. 21, killing at least six people, including an 8-year-old, and injuring 62.