Darrell Brooks, 39, the sole accused for intentionally driving his car into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Nov. 21 caused five deaths and dozens of injuries.
As officials said on Monday, he was involved in another violent dispute before the “disastrous parade” day and had been released on bail from another domestic abuse case.
President Joe Biden told reporters on Monday that his administration was following the case closely.
Brooks was apprehended near the attack site and faced five charges of first-degree homicide, according to Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson, as Reuters reported.
Brook’s criminal history
Criminal records of prosecutors and the state court showed Brooks’ criminal history. On Nov. 5, he was sentenced to impeding an officer, battery, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and felony bail jumping in a domestic abuse case.
On Nov. 11, Brooks was released from bail after submitting a $1,000 cash bond, a sum the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office referred to as “inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges” against him, as Reuters reported.
The domestic dispute around the time of Sunday carnage
Thompson said that Brooks was involved in a domestic dispute with a knife earlier, which they had been informed of just before Sunday’s bloodshed time. They could do nothing in response to that complaint as they were busy with the parade.
“Was there an initial complaint of a knife being involved? Yes,” he said. “Do we know if there actually was one there? We don’t.”
When Brooks crashed into the parade, he was not being rushed by the police. However, one officer discharged his gun, attempting to stop his SUV car.
The motive behind the parade attack
According to the Police Chief, although Brooks had committed the crime deliberately, the reasons behind the mass murder are still unknown.
He said in brief: “He drove right through the barricades and the officers.”
Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper stated that there were no others found in connection to the accused. Also, authorities also have dispelled the possibility of terrorism as the motive.
The local police were investigating the murder with the support of the FBI.
President Joe Biden reaction to the parade crash
According to an interview with reporters on Monday, President Joe Biden stated that the Waukesha incident was under his “very closely” surveillance.
He said: “The entire community is struggling, struggling to cope with these horrific acts of violence.”