The Milwaukee district attorney who let the Waukesha, Wisconsin, suspect out on bail days before he allegedly used his red SUV to mow down dozens of people and kill six at the city’s annual Christmas parade is a pro-criminal-release leftist who said it was “guaranteed” someone he let off easy would kill someone someday.
“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?” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm flippantly admitted to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2007. “You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.”
The moral burden of that reality, however, was not enough to dissuade him from adopting a progressive approach to eliminating or reducing bail for some criminal offenders, including Darrell E. Brooks Jr., who was charged with murder this week after he plowed over performers and bystanders at the parade on Sunday afternoon.
Brooks had just been recently charged on Nov. 5 with two felonies and three misdemeanors after a domestic violence incident where he also reportedly resisted a police officer. Despite having been charged with bail jumping, the 39-year-old, who has a lengthy track record of violent crimes dating back to 1999, was allowed to post a $1,000 cash bond and leave jail.
It was under the leadership of Chisholm, a self-proclaimed progressive, that Brooks walked free. Chisholm, however, isn’t ready to take responsibility for his criminal justice ideology, which contributed to the tragedy in Waukesha.
“The state’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” Chisholm’s office said in a statement that conveyed apparent consternation that its progressive policies that set criminals free would ever lead to problems.
Chisholm’s office claimed it would investigate the incident that seemed to be inconsistent “with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail,” but no one should be
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