A career criminal is a suspect in a deadly incident at a Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade. He had been freed on bail just two days before allegedly slamming his SUV into a crowd at the annual holiday celebration.

Questions were raised about how a career criminal had been freed on cash bail two days before the incident. So far, five people have been confirmed deceased, with more than 40 others injured; many of them are children.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Theodore Chisholm has a history of releasing and not prosecuting repeat offenders.

In December of 2018, Chrisholm boasted on social media about a report profiling his office. Chrisholm tweeted, “An ADA (Assistant District Attorney) on our office philosophy: ‘It doesn’t benefit anybody for someone, for example, to be prison-bound because they have a significant substance abuse issue or a diagnosed history of mental health issues. We try to divert those cases away from a traditional prosecution model.”

He added another post which read, “An ADA on the paradigm shift we have effected in the Milwaukee County prosecution system: ‘I would say the biggest change that I have perceived is trying to find ways to avoid prosecution in more cases and to see what can be done in terms of alternatives to prosecution.'”

Chrisholm touted in the thread that his office was “focused on reducing the use of incarceration in nearly all cases. He said, “Overall, prosecutors prioritize addressing the root causes of criminal behavior—substance use, mental health issues—and seek out alternative sentences, even for some violent offenders.”

He also stated about pre-trial detention reform: “We have really made a commitment to not keeping individuals held unnecessarily on cash bail in the Milwaukee County Jail.”

According to court documents, Darrell Edward Brooks Jr., the suspect in the mass fatality incident, was freed on cash bail two days before the tragedy for three misdemeanors and two felonies.

Brooks is a seasoned crook with a long history of arrests. He is a registered sex offender with a history of resisting arrest, obstruction, battery, statutory sexual seduction, strangulation and suffocation, property destruction, illegal firearm possession, bail jumping, domestic violence, and drug-related crimes.

On Sunday, the driver of a red SUV sped through a police line and into a procession of Christmas marchers, injuring over 20 adults and children in a violent sight filmed on the city’s live stream and onlookers’ cellphones.

According to Waukesha Fire Chief Steven Howard, eleven adults and 12 children were sent to six area hospitals.

Chrisholm has also tweeted his support for other radical DAs around the country, such as George Gascon and Chesa Boudin. They share his aim to change the judicial system by not prosecuting offenders.

In April, Franklin Mayor Steve Olson chastised Chisholm for failing to prosecute the offenders in alleged multi-million dollar marijuana crop near a school in a residential area, reported the post-millennial.

According to Wisconsin Right Now, Chisholm’s non-prosecution numbers “…skyrocketed in the past year at a time that violent crime and homicide exploded in the City of Milwaukee.”In addition, Chrisholm refused to prosecute “6 in 10 of every felony charge requested by police last year.”

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