Milwaukee prosecutors are conducting an internal review of their own office’s decision to recommend “unduly low” bail to Darrell Brooks Jr., who is interested in nearby Waukesha after the SUV plowed through the Christmas procession.
The horror killed at least five people and injured 40 others – including 18 children – who rushed to Milwaukee Children’s Wisconsin Hospital.
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Brooks has a number of pending cases in Milwaukee County – including a 2020 case involving two counts of reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm, according to a spokesman for Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm. The bail was originally set at $ 10,000 and was later reduced to $ 7,500, the sheriff’s office said.
But due to a court scheduling clash, Brooks was further reduced to bail with his speedy trial right, this time for only $ 500, which he posted on Feb. 21, 2021, according to prosecutors.
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Earlier this month, Milwaukee officials charged Brooks with another count of reckless endangerment, felony bail jumping, battery, obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. He was released on Nov. 11 on $ 1,000 cash bail.
“The state’s bail recommendation in this case is unduly low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” Chisholm’s office said Monday. “The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office’s approach to matters involving violent crime or with the risk assessment of a defendant before bail is set.”
An internal review of the bail recommendation decision is underway, the DA’s office said.