The Milwaukee district attorney who let the Waukesha, Wisconsin, suspect out on bail days before he allegedly used his red SUV to mow down dozens of people and kill six at the city’s annual Christmas parade is a pro-criminal-release leftist who said it was “guaranteed” someone he let off easy would kill someone someday.
“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into [a] treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody?” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm flippantly admitted to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2007. “You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.”
The moral burden of that reality, however, was not enough to dissuade him from adopting a progressive approach to eliminating or reducing bail for some criminal offenders, including Darrell E. Brooks Jr., who was charged with murder this week after he plowed over performers and bystanders at the parade on Sunday afternoon.
Brooks had just been recently charged on Nov. 5 with two felonies and three misdemeanors after a domestic violence incident where he also reportedly resisted a police officer. Despite having been charged with bail jumping, the 39-year-old, who has a lengthy track record of violent crimes dating back to 1999, was allowed to post a $1,000 cash bond and leave jail.
It was under the leadership of Chisholm, a self-proclaimed progressive, that Brooks walked free. Chisholm, however, isn’t ready to take responsibility for his criminal justice ideology, which contributed to the tragedy in Waukesha.
“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’s office said in a statement that conveyed apparent consternation that its progressive policies that set criminals free would ever lead to problems.
Chisholm’s office claimed it would investigate the incident that seemed to be inconsistent “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,” but no one should be surprised that an office run for 14 years by a leftist maintains criminal justice policies that involve releasing dangerous criminals.
Chisholm has even bragged about circumventing or eliminating bail requirements. He also congratulated leftist DAs in the crime-filled San Francisco area for doing the same.
5 dead because of “bail reform.” The suspect, a career criminal, had been released days earlier on $1,000 bail. https://t.co/8wWWsUxocb
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 22, 2021
Under Chisholm’s leadership, not only is the Milwaukee DA’s office responsible for releasing the criminal Brooks — who used his freedom to allegedly shed innocent blood — but in 2013 the office also gave deferred prosecution to 35-year-old Jeremiah Schroeder, a convicted drug dealer, who used his time out to inject a lethal dose of heroin into a 26-year-old woman who died of the overdose.
“The victim’s family said afterwards that they were ‘p****d’ that he’d been let out, and even the judge in the case said he regretted it,” The Daily Mail reported.
“If (Schroeder) would have been in jail the way he should have been, this would not have happened,” Bob Lutz, the victim’s grandfather, said.
A growing number of progressive officials and lawmakers say that eliminating bail is the next step in criminal justice reform, but they are ignoring the dire consequences of allowing violent criminals to walk the streets. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent a tone-deaf letter to New York district attorneys on Monday, one day after the Waukesha tragedy, demanding they justify the use of “high bail amounts” that contribute to a “humanitarian crisis.”
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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