Darrell Brooks Bio/Wiki
Just days before the horrific attack, the defendant who reportedly plowed into a Waukesha Christmas parade was freed on bond.
On Sunday night, Darrell Edward Brooks was arrested when a red Ford Escape SUV crashed into a procession in the Wisconsin city, killing five people and wounding more than 40 more.
He is 39 years old.
Christmas Parade Attack Full Details
When Darrell Brooks, driving a maroon SUV, crashed into a throng during a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, five people were killed and 48 were injured, including two children in critical condition, according to police.
According to police chief Dan Thompson, the suspect, Darrell Brooks, will be charged with five counts of first-degree intentional killing and other felonies.
Brooks was involved in a domestic violence situation that he was escaping moments before the catastrophe. It is “not a terrorist event,” according to authorities.
Darrell Brooks Released From Custody
He had just days before been released from detention in another matter in Milwaukee County after posting a $1,000 bond.
According to a criminal complaint, Brooks was charged with refusing or obstructing an officer, recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, bail jumping, and violence in the Nov. 5 incident.
The district attorney’s office said it has begun an internal investigation into how Brooks was issued such a low bond given the nature of the allegations and his criminal history in the aftermath of Sunday’s tragedy.
This is Darrell Brooks Jr.
He killed at least 5 and injured 40+ when he plowed into a Christmas Parade.
He was released on $1,000 cash bail just two days before the attack and has an extensive criminal history.
Why was he allowed back on the streets? pic.twitter.com/iQSjOG5h1N
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 22, 2021
In a statement, the DA’s office said, “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 toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.”
“This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this matter in order to determine the appropriate next steps.”
BREAKING: The Milwaukee Co. District Attorney says Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks should not have been released on such a low cash bond earlier this month. They are conducting an internal review.#Waukesha #waukeshaChristmasParade pic.twitter.com/GmUNOkwLpg
— Kristen Barbaresi (@KristenBarbar) November 22, 2021
Darrell Brooks Charges
According to internet records, Brooks also has an ongoing case in Milwaukee from July of last year, in which he is charged with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a weapon.
According to the DA’s office, his cash bail, in that case, was first set at $10,000 before being reduced to $7,500.
Brooks remained in detention pending the start of his trial, which was due to begin in February after he requested a fast jury trial.
Because the DA’s demand could not be met, the case was postponed and his bond was reduced to $500, which he posted on February 21.
Waukesha update; Milwaukee County District Attorney says the state’s bail recommendation was “inappropriately low” in Darrell Brooks’ ongoing criminal case. pic.twitter.com/6AOUsEFraR
— Mary Spicuzza (@MSpicuzzaMJS) November 22, 2021