The residents of Milwaukee want Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Tony Evers to fire the county’s district attorney for setting the “inappropriately low” bail that allowed the Waukesha Christmas parade attacker to get out of jail after being arrested for a violent crime 21 days prior to the attack.
Darrell Edward Brooks Jr., 39, plowed a red Ford Escape SUV through barricades at the city’s annual Christmas parade at 40 miles an hour, deliberately swerving in a “zig-zag pattern” to target people in the crowd. 17 children were amongst the 62 people wounded and 6 were killed, including 4 members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and an 8 year-old boy.
Three weeks earlier, Brooks had used the same SUV to mow down his girlfriend during a domestic dispute. He was charged with felony reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments, and three misdemeanors, which included attacking an officer on scene.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s office set Brooks’ bail at $1,000 and he was released from jail two days before deliberately attacking a parade full of people. Area resident, Orville Seymer, who belongs to Citizens for Responsible Government, and six others filed a formal complaint to petition for Chisholm’s ousting.
“We’ve got six people dead, including an 8-year-old boy, people’s mothers and grandmothers, and there are thousands of people around southeast Wisconsin who are thinking, ‘That could have been my son, that could have been my mother, that could have been my grandmother’ and John Chisholm knew this could have happened,” Seymer remarked.
The day after the attack the District Attorney’s office admitted that Brooks’ bail was set “inappropriately low” and was not congruent with a risk assessment of the suspect, or “consistent with the approach” of the office when a violent crime is involved.
“I think it’s in his best interest, and clearly, it’s in the best interest of the people of southeast Wisconsin to fire John Chisholm and make southeast Wisconsin a safer place,” he continued.
Evers said “it’s too early to answer” if he’ll remove Chisholm from office, but an investigation will take place. State law allows the governor to fire a district attorney for cause, but grants the elected official a public hearing to defend against the charges. If Evers fails to ax Chisholm, recall is also an option.
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