MILWAUKEE — The suspect charged with killing five and injuring 48 while driving through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has a long history with the criminal justice system, according to court records.
Darrell Brooks, 39 was even accused by his child of running over his mother’s child with his car earlier this month. He was released from prison just over one week before the tragedy.
According to court records, Brooks’s mother claimed that Brooks punched her face at her while she was waiting for gas in Milwaukee on Nov. 2.
Brooks allegedly beat Brooks. A criminal complaint alleges that Brooks ran Brooks over with his maroon SUV. Brooks allegedly beat her and she was taken to the hospital. “Agents noticed tire marks on her left leg.”
Brooks was allegedly driving the same maroon SUV he drove through the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday during that incident.
Brooks was released from jail after being granted bail of only $1,000 on November 11. The bail was called “inappropriately low” by John Chisholm of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm. However, his office had asked for the court to fix the bail at this amount.
Brooks, who was out on bail for a gun possession charge in July 2020, was requested $1,000 bail by the DA. Brooks was alleged to have shot a gun at his cousin during a fight. His cousin fled the scene.
Chisholm stated in a statement that the bail recommendation in this case was inconsistent with Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office’s approach in violent crime cases. It also wasn’t consistent with defendant’s risk assessment before setting bail.
According to Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office it will conduct an investigation into the case.
This story was originally published at Scripps Station by Rebecca Klopf TMJ4Milwaukee