Transcripts go missing of Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks’ prior incident bail hearing: ‘lost forever’

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The Waukesha Christmas parade massacre that left six people dead, including grandmothers and an 8-year-old, and injured 60 others has drawn much needed attention on the criminal justice reforms being ushered in by the left that includes reduced bail, if any bail at all, under the guise that systemic racism permeates the system.

Despite CNN reporting that a “car” caused the human carnage, suspect Darrell Brooks was arrested for the crime and it was soon learned that he had just been released on $1,000 bail after allegedly running over an ex-girlfriend with the same vehicle he used to plow through the Christmas parade. Fox News reported Monday the court record of that critical bail hearing has been “lost forever.”

An official told the network that every official court proceeding in Wisconsin is memorialized either by a court reporter or a digital recording device, but the transcript of Brooks’ bail hearing is permanently gone.

“The digital recording is damaged,” the official said when an attempt was made to order the Nov. 5 transcript.

Brooks, 39, has a long criminal record going back years, and he allegedly mowed down the mother of one his children with a red Ford Escape on Nov. 2, reportedly leaving a tire mark on her left leg.

A junior prosecutor recommended $1,000 cash bail for Brooks despite the serious charges he was facing, and another pending felony case for shooting at his nephew during a fight in July 2020, Fox News reported — his mother posted the bail.

On Nov. 21, just over two weeks later, authorities say Brooks drove the same red Ford Escape into the parade participants.

After the fact, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, , a self-described “progressive” who has championed reforms aimed at reducing cash bail and incarceration rates, announced an internal investigation of the low bail amount.

“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,” Chisholm said in a statement. “The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.”

The $1,000 cash bail was for a myriad of charges filed against Brooks: second-degree recklessly endangering safety, felony bail jumping, battery, obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct.

In the early case, Brooks was charged with two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, yet was reportedly released on a $500 cash bail. His initial bail was set at $10,000, then reduced to $7,500 and finally to $500 when the state failed to schedule a speedy jury trial.

He now faces six counts of intentional homicide, among other charges, and is being held at the Waukesha County Jail on $5 million bond.

Media reports claimed early on that Brooks was fleeing what officials described as “an altercation involving a knife,” when he drove through and over the holiday revelers. While there has been no reports on a motive, the attack came two days after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted for shooting and killing two rioters in nearby Kenosha in 2020, and wounding a third rioter. The men attacked the then 17-year-old, who claimed self defense.

Brooks has shared social media posts calling for violence against white people, and once suggested that “Hitler was right” for killing Jews, according to the New York Post.

All six fatalities in Waukesha were white.

Tom Tillison


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