MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Supervisors Patti Logsdon (District 9) and Shawn Rolland (District 6) are calling for Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to share the findings of his office’s internal review with Milwaukee County’s Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee. Supervisor Logsdon also serves as a member of the committee.
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly drove his SUV through the Waukesha Christmas Parade, striking and killing five people while injuring more than 40 others, including young children.
According to media reports, on November 2, 2021, Mr. Brooks was arrested after allegedly punching a woman in the face and striking her with his car. Mr. Chisholm’s office set the bail recommendation for Mr. Brooks at $1,000, which Mr. Brooks paid on November 11. In recent days, Mr. Chisholm noted that his office’s bail recommendation for Mr. Brooks was set “inappropriately low” for such a violent alleged crime, and that his office would launch an internal review in order to determine next steps.
The following is a statement from Supervisors Logsdon and Rolland:
“While we appreciate and respect that Mr. Chisholm is admitting that a mistake was made by his office, this mistake ultimately led to horror and hardship for so many families across our region. We are deeply concerned about the impact that this event has had on our neighbors, on children, on people’s trust in the criminal justice system, and on people’s sense of safety overall. We respectfully request for Mr. Chisholm’s office to publicly-present its internal review report to members of Milwaukee County’s Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee – enabling both Milwaukee County Supervisors and members of the general public to ask questions and share their concerns. We believe that this is a needed step to build better processes and protocols in the short-term and to help restore people’s trust in the criminal justice system in the long-term.”