Empower Wisconsin: The oft-repeated question came up again last week.
How many more innocent people have to die?
Anyone horrified by the events of Sunday, Nov. 21 in Waukesha is still asking how a career violent criminal had been set free — again — just days before he jumped into his SUV and plowed through a Christmas parade. Six people, including a child, are dead, and dozens more, including many children, were injured in the unconscionable act.
The pain and grief in Waukesha is agonizing. What’s worse for many in this city in the shadow of Milwaukee is knowing that all of this suffering could have been avoided had the practitioners of progressive justice not let another violent criminal walk on bare minimum bail.
Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, has a rap sheet a mile long. He’s a wanted sex offender in Nevada, for starters. He’s been charged 10 times in Milwaukee County Court since 1999, from drug possession to bail jumping to felonious assault.
In Brooks’ latest run in with Milwaukee law enforcement on Nov. 5, prosecutors in Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s office requested bail at $1,000 — for a habitual bail jumper and violent criminal. Brooks paid and left jail on Nov. 11 — 10 days before the Waukesha Christmas Day massacre.
You know who predicted this would happen? John Chisholm.
Since taking the reins of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in 2007, the Democrat has been pushing liberal reforms to the criminal justice system, particularly a cash-bail system he insists criminalizes poverty. Chisholm has acknowledged there could be a deadly price to pay for such reforms.
“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into [a] treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody?” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2007. “You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.” more