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Police: Suspect acted alone in Waukesha parade

Randy Mancini 52 November 22, 2021
Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

The man suspected of driving his SUV into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin is facing five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. On Monday, authorities said Darrell Brooks Junior acted alone and there is no evidence the incident is terror related.

The 39-year-old has a lengthy criminal background of violent felonies dating back 20 years. Court documents show he’s a registered sex offender and was actually out on bail Friday after he allegedly ran his kids mother over with a vehicle at a gas station.

“Earlier this month, he (Brooks )was released on $1,000 bail for trying to*run over the mother of his child. This is heartbreaking and it was also preventable. He was clearly dangerous and released.”

— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas)

Police said on Sunday, Brooks fled the scene of a crime just minutes before plowing his car through the crowd of people in Waukesha. More charges are expected to be announced in addition to the homicide charges, which will be filed against Brooks Tuesday afternoon.

This is Darrell Brooks Jr.

He killed at least 5 and injured 40+ when he plowed into a Christmas Parade.

He was released on $1,000 cash bail just two days before the attack and has an extensive criminal history.

Why was he allowed back on the streets? pic.twitter.com/iQSjOG5h1N

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 22, 2021

In a press conference Sunday, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said the suspect sped through police barricades and drove into a crowd of parade marchers Sunday afternoon. At one point, an officer fired shots at the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to stop it. Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard reported several adults and minors were transported to local hospitals.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, middle, takes part in a candle light vigil in downtown Waukesha, Wis., Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 after an SUV plowed into a Sunday Christmas parade killing multiple people and injuring dozens. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, middle, takes part in a candle light vigil in downtown Waukesha, Wis., Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 after an SUV plowed into a Sunday Christmas parade killing multiple people and injuring dozens. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

It’s not yet known whether the incident is an act of terrorism as it is still a fluid investigation. In the meantime, Milwaukee prosecutors launched an internal review into why bail was set so low for someone with such a lengthy criminal record. The district attorney made the announcement Monday.

According to reports, he was released on just $1,000 bail on November 11 on charges including reckless endangerment, battery, bail jumping and disorderly conduct. Back in February, in a separate incident, he was released on just $500 bail for charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district attorney said he wants to know why his own office set bail “inappropriately low” for a violent felon.

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