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PowerUp: Patti Logsdon, after Waukesha

Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Patti Logsdon’s Christmas wish came true.

Her granddaughter, Samantha, came home from the hospital last Friday — 19 days after Darrell Brooks Jr. is accused of running over the girl and dozens of others with his SUV in Waukesha’s Christmas Day parade.

Samantha came home on her 14th birthday.

“We were blessed to have her home. It was my Christmas wish, and it came true,” Logsdon told Empower Wisconsin’s M.D. Kittle Thursday on the Vicki McKenna Show. Several times she fought back tears in retelling the events of that violent night.

Samantha spent much of her time in the hospital in a medically induced coma. She has a long road to recovery.

At Thursday’s Milwaukee County Board meeting, Logsdon read a statement noting the joyous annual parade that, in a split-second, turned into a living nightmare. She thanked the many good people who leapt into action to save lives, aid the injured and lift up the community.

But Logsdon also said the Milwaukee County Board needs to take a hard look at the people in power who let a career violent criminal like Darrell Brooks back out on the streets for a measly $1,000 bail. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s office recommended the “inappropriately low” bail just days after Brooks was arrested on charges that he assaulted and then ran over the mother of his child.

Brooks wasn’t the first repeat violent offender to be set free in Milwaukee County’s revolving door criminal justice system, and he wasn’t the last.

“Now it is our responsibility as Milwaukee County Board supervisors to hold the parties responsible for the low bail that led to the release of a man accused of driving his SUV through this Christmas parade in downtown Waukesha,” Logsdon said. “They must be accountable for this horrific incident. We must work to ensure this never happens again on our watch.”

Patti Logsdon, public servant, concerned citizen, loving grandmother, is our guest on this edition of PowerUp, Empower Wisconsin’s podcast.

A Gofundme page has been established for Samantha to help the family pay for medical bills. Learn more here.

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