PIERS MORGAN: How many more Americans will die over weak prosecutors?

PIERS MORGAN: How many more Americans will die because of weak, woke prosecutors seduced by the campaign to abolish cash-bail into letting violent career criminals like the Waukesha Christmas parade killer walk free to commit more carnage?

A maroon Ford Escape driven by 39-year-old rapper Darrell E. Brooks smashed through protective crowd barriers surrounding the Christmas parade in Wauksha and drove dementedly into the celebratory crowd, mowing down children and elderly people in a deadly rampage  

It’s hard to imagine anything more sickening than what happened at the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday evening.

The festive spirit was joyfully high as hundreds of happy families lined the streets to cheer on marching bands and a well-known local troupe of ‘Dancing Grannies’.

Then, in the flash of a speeding car, the merry scene was replaced by one of utter carnage.

A maroon Ford Escape driven by 39-year-old rapper Darrell E. Brooks smashed through protective crowd barriers surrounding the parade route and drove dementedly into the celebratory crowd, mowing down children and elderly people in a deadly rampage.

Five adults were killed and over 48 people, including many kids, were injured – some critically.

Among those who died were three members of the Dancing Grannies.

‘I’d liken it to a war zone,’ an emotional Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard told the New York Times.

So, as I said, it’s hard to imagine anything more sickening than this horrific incident.

But actually, it turns out there was something even more gut-wrenchingly awful about it.

For the deranged lunatic who committed this carnage was a nasty thug rapper named Darrell Brooks Jr with a lengthy criminal record who should never have been free to use his car like a killing machine.


Tamara Durand (left), 52, and Leana ‘Lee’ Owen (right), 71, were two members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who died in Sunday’s tragedy


Virginia Sorenson (left), 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade. Wilhelm Hospel (right), 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

It’s worth noting his entire rap sheet to get a proper handle on just how dangerous he is.

In 1999, Brooks Jr was sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated battery and carrying a concealed weapon.

In 2000, he was arrested again for carrying a concealed weapon, loitering, resisting or obstructing an officer, and possession of cocaine. The case wasn’t prosecuted.

In 2002, he was arrested for obstructing an officer, driving a vehicle without consent, and possession of THC. The case was dismissed.

In 2003, he was arrested for resisting or obstructing an officer and sentenced to 20 days in house of corrections.

In Feb, 2005, he was arrested for resisting or obstructing an officer.

In March 2005, he was arrested for receiving stolen property, and possession of controlled substance. The case was dismissed.

In 2009, a paternity warrant was issued against him, again for resisting an officer.

In 2010, he was given an unknown sentence for strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse battery and criminal damage to property.

In August 2011, he was arrested for probation violation.

In September 2011, he received another paternity warrant.

In October 2011, he was arrested for possession of THC.

In December 2011, he was arrested for possession with intent (THC) and bail jumping. He received a 180-day jail sentence with permission to work outside of jail on day release.

In 2012, he was arrested for bail jumping, failure to appear in court and resisting an officer.

In November 2012, he was arrested for possession of THC.

Sometime between 2012 and 2020 he was charged with having sex with a minor in Nevada.

A maroon Ford Escape driven by 39-year-old rapper Darrell E. Brooks smashed through protective crowd barriers surrounding the parade route and drove dementedly into the celebratory crowd, mowing down children and elderly people in a deadly rampage. Five adults were killed and over 48 people, including many kids, were injured – some critically 

Nasty thug rapper named Darrell Brooks Jr with a lengthy criminal record who should never have been free to use his car like a killing machine. The SUV was found five blocks from where the parade carnage took place, parked in a driveway

In July 2020, he was charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, endangering safety, reckless use of firearm (domestic abuse) and possession of methamphetamine. He spent eight months in jail but was released on bail after bond was dropped from $10,000 to $500. The reason behind the reduction? The Milwaukee court system, backed-up because of the COVID-19 pandemic, couldn’t give him a trial fast enough.

In February 2021, he was served with another paternity warrant.

And most recently, on November 2, 2021, he was charged with domestic battery, bail jumping, endangering safety, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after hunting down the mother of one of his children at a local hotel in Milwaukee.

The specifics of that most recent case are relevant because Brooks was accused of running over the woman in his maroon Ford Escape in the parking lot of a gas station – causing her to require hospital treatment for facial cuts and bruises.

The woman told police that Brooks punched her in the face before hitting her with his car.

‘Officers observed tire tracks on her left pants leg,’ one officer wrote in his report.

But here comes the bit that sickens me even more than the despicable murderous mayhem that Brooks carried out on Sunday night.

He was released again on November 19 on a paltry $1000 bond.

Yes, this vile violent career monster, accused amongst other things of using his car as a weapon and breaching previous bail conditions, was let out again for less cash than it will cost to give his car a lick of paint to remove all the blood from his victims.

And just two days later, he used his same car to carry out one of the worst attacks on American citizens in recent years.

‘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,’ the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office said in an unsigned statement.

I’m not surprised the DA, John Chisholm, didn’t want to sign it.

Who would want to put their name to such a heinous, outrageous decision?

The statement added that an investigation is now underway to determine how such a decision could ever have been taken and observed that the bail amount was not ‘consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.’

You think?

A lobotomised amoeba could have predicted that Brooks was not a man who should be let out on $1000 bond.

In fact, given the gravity of his alleged crimes and the horrendous catalogue of previous offences, he shouldn’t have been let out at all.

Instead, he was freed to then use his car as a weapon again, only this time to massively more damaging and lethal manner.



Brooks’ lengthy rap sheet, which dates back to 1999 includes felonies for bail jumping, battery, drugs offenses, weapons offenses and domestic abuse but he has never spent a significant amount of time in prison. He was bailed on November 11 for domestic battery after he ran over his ex-girlfriend with his car

DA John Chisholm faces furious questions about why this happened, the spotlight is being shone on his controversial campaign to send fewer Wisconsin residents to prison despite an unprecedented influx of crime in Milwaukee County. Chisholm’s critics argued that reducing cash bail amounts, or abandoning them altogether, would inevitably result in career criminals being immediately released back onto the streets to commit more offenses. And that’s exactly what we’ve now seen happen on the streets of Waukesha, to catastrophic effect

Now, as DA Chisholm faces furious questions about why this happened, the spotlight is being shone on his controversial campaign to send fewer Wisconsin residents to prison despite an unprecedented influx of crime in Milwaukee County.

Chisolm enlisted the help of the Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based non-profit group that works with government and civil leaders ‘to improve the services people rely on for safety and justice.’

Its website says it opposes cash bail believing it unfairly penalizes the poorest people in society and leads to disproportionate numbers of ethnic minority suspects in jails awaiting trial.

Chisholm has been praised by liberals for striving to reduce Milwaukee’s prison population by slashing the number of people held in jail on cash bail.

Through his coalition with Vera, Chisolm said he was looking to address the prevailing racial disparities in incarcerations in the predominantly white county, with Wisconsin leading the nation in black incarcerations.

Vera Institute President Nicholas Turner previously hailed Chisholm’s efforts, saying: ‘For a long time, prosecutors have defined themselves through conviction rates and winning the big cases with the big sentences. But the evidence is certainly tipping that the attainment of safety and justice requires more than just putting people in prison for a long time. Prosecutors have to redefine their proper role in a new era. Chisholm stuck his neck out there and started saying that prosecutors should also be judged by their success in reducing mass incarceration and achieving racial equality.’

But Chisholm’s critics argued that reducing cash bail amounts, or abandoning them altogether, would inevitably result in career criminals being immediately released back onto the streets to commit more offenses.

And that’s exactly what we’ve now seen happen on the streets of Waukesha, to catastrophic effect.

Incredibly, Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chose yesterday to send a letter signed by her and several colleagues demanding an end to excessive bail amounts for poorest offenders.

‘When prosecutors seek excessive cash bail,’ she tweeted, ‘it results in increased rates of incarceration — particularly for low-income defendants. More than 75% of individuals in custody haven’t been convicted of a crime and are confined in unsafe conditions simply because they cannot afford cash bail. Condemning thousands of individuals to languish in such environments as they await trial is unacceptable.’

Incredibly, Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chose yesterday to send a letter signed by her and several colleagues demanding an end to excessive bail amounts for poorest offenders

AOC tweeted: ‘When prosecutors seek excessive cash bail,’ she tweeted, ‘it results in increased rates of incarceration — particularly for low-income defendants. More than 75% of individuals in custody haven’t been convicted of a crime and are confined in unsafe conditions simply because they cannot afford cash bail. Condemning thousands of individuals to languish in such environments as they await trial is unacceptable’

This was the first thing Ocasio-Cortez posted after the Waukesha massacre, suggesting she’s either stupendously tone-deaf or has no idea what’s happening in the world.

Either way, her timing was staggeringly inappropriate and sparked a predicably enraged response.

Today, myriad families in Waukesha are left mourning dead loved ones or praying for the recovery of those lying injured in hospital.

They reason they are doing so is because a weak woke wooly-minded District Attorney chose to put the rights of dangerous career criminals like Darrell E. Brooks ahead of the rights of law-abiding Americans.

It’s an absolute disgrace and if he has an ounce of integrity or shame, DA Chisholm will resign today.

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