Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm said in 2007: ‘Is there going to be an individual I divert, or put into a program, who’s going to go out and kill? You bet’
In 2013, his office gave a deferred prosecution to a convicted drug dealer
That dealer, after being released, fatally injected a 26 year old woman with heroin then tried to hide her body but was caught
On November 11, his office granted Darrell Brooks a $1,000 bond
Brooks went free and within a few weeks, was behind the wheel of his car again
Five people were murdered when he drove through the Christmas parade
Chisholm admitted Brooks’ bail was ‘inappropriately low’ and a review is being conducted
There are mounting calls for him to resign, with many saying the victims’ blood is on his hands
Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, who represents Waukesha in Congress, said the ‘turnstile approach to justice’ needed to be changed
Wisconsin Rep. Congresswoman Cindi Duchow is calling for a change to the constitution to force judges and prosecutors to consider bail differently
The district attorney whose office let out Waukesha parade killer Darrell Brooks on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago previously admitted he knew his laxed bail policies would lead to killers being set free and murdering others, saying flippantly in a 2007 interview: ‘You bet, it’s guaranteed to happen.’
John Chisholm was elected as Milwaukee County District Attorney in 2007 and he immediately started advocating for lower cash bonds for criminals, like Brooks – a felon with a history of domestic violence charges who was most recently locked up for running over the mother of his children.
Milwaukee hasn’t ever abolished cash bond nor has the state, but prosecutors in the DA’s office advocate for lower amounts.
In 2007, Chisholm told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ‘Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen.
‘It does not invalidate the overall approach.’ YEs yes it totally invalidates the approach
That’s exactly what happened on Sunday when Brooks, who was bonded out of a Milwaukee jail on November 11th, killed five adults at the parade in Waukesha, a town some 50 miles from his home, and injured dozens more, including children who remain in the hospital. He was fleeing a domestic disturbance when he plowed through the crowds.
Chisholm’s shamefaced office, which yesterday admitted they’d set an ‘inappropriately low’ bond amount for Brooks, has not commented on the resurfaced interview in light of Sunday’s atrocity.