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Chisholm blames human error for low bail in Darrell Brooks case

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Oops.

That’s effectively how Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm explained the $1,000 bail his office requested for a career violent criminal who walked out of jail 10 days before he is accused of going on a vehicular rampage that killed six people and injured scores more.

Chisholm on Thursday told a Milwaukee County committee that human error led to what he himself has described as “inappropriately low” bail for Darrell. E. Brooks. The 39-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with six counts of intentional homicide and a host of other charges after police say he drove his SUV through the crowd at last month’s Waukesha Christmas parade.

“I want to make it clear that there are explanations for what happened, but there are no excuses,” Chisholm told the members of the Milwaukee County Board’s Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee.

Chisholm said a prosecutor in his office did not have access to the updated public safety assessment on Brooks before making the head-scratching bail recommendation. He said the assistant DA simply doubled the $500 bail amount set for Brooks after he was arrested in connection with a previous violent incident.

The “human error” explanation may come as little consolation to a city still grieving, still trying to come to terms with a gruesome nightmare.

It’s also hard to understand. Brooks was well known in Milwaukee County’s revolving door criminal justice system. In early November, less than three weeks before the Waukesha parade, Brooks had been arrested on charges of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Battery, Obstructing an Officer, and Bail Jumping. In that incident, Brooks was accused of running over his ex-girlfriend, the wife of his child — with the same SUV he used to mow down parade-goers.

He was already a clear risk to society and a severe flight risk.

His rap sheet is long and violent. Brooks is a convicted sex offender who is wanted in Nevada on an active warrant for failing to obey sex offender laws, Fox News reported. He was sentenced to probation but was arrested for failure to obey sex offender laws in 2016. Brooks then jumped bail on that charge and never appeared in court.

On July 28, 2020, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office charged Brooks with two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court documents. He’s accused of shooting at his nephew. Cash bail originally was set at $10,000, but subsequently reduced to $7,500.

Six months later, Brooks was still in prison (he couldn’t make bail) awaiting a speedy trial. Because another trial was in progress before the same court, the case was adjourned and bail was reduced to $500. Brooks paid that and was out on the streets again.

For a guy who wasn’t going to make excuses, Chisholm offered a lot of excuses. He and other Milwaukee County “progressive” justice officials blamed the Legislature for not providing enough funding. They said prosecutors and the courts are overwhelmed. Perhaps that has something to do with having to prosecute and try a long train of repeat offenders who are repeatedly unloosed on society under Chisholm’s brand of “progressive justice.”

Chisholm also said the assistant DA, who’s been with the office for about 2 1/2 years, did the “best she could” under difficult circumstances.

“She made a mistake,” the DA said.

Watch the video of the meeting here.

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7 thoughts on “Chisholm blames human error for low bail in Darrell Brooks case

  • Maybe, they let him off with a low bail because Daryll Brooks would be “POISON” to all the pods in the correctional system!!! I am sure there are some men who are trying to stay out of trouble and get out early on good behavior. I can easily see that “Brooks” would start corruption in any of those pods where many of the men don’t want any hassle. I watch 60 days in and I see that a particular pod may have minimal issues until some “Evil Jerk” wants to take over and start problems among the immates. This Daryll Brooks needs to be in Confinement by himself, so he cannot have control over pods and cause unprovoked harm to OUR immates who aren’t looking for Trouble and want to go home on good behavior and have another chance at Life!!!!

  • Guess he never heard “the buck stops here”…throwing a junior staffer under the bus does not relieve him of the responsibility for allowing the low bail. Nor does it relieve the judge for allowing it. Criminal negligence is conduct where a person ignores an obvious risk or disregards the life and safety of those around him. Sounds appropriate in this case.

  • Blame Game doesn’t work any more.
    Just points to incompetence, arrogant and inefficient employees / staff who don’t know law, how to do their job
    Private sector demonstrates greater productivity because they have to generate a profit. Public sector does not generate a profit, so they don’t generate good service either.

  • This guy has got to go! Everybody knows he is bought and paid for by Soros. Look at the cities where Soros has purchased DA’s How are they doing? completely Lawless, for the same reasons Brooks has been allowed to function. Do you want more of that in WI? I would hope not, but if nothing changes it will get worse. This guy will not make it better now. He has made a commitment to Soros and it must be kept, so no change coming!

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