Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas expressed his indignation in connection to left-wing policies that he believes caused tragedy at the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade. Darrell E. Brooks Jr., the suspect in the incident, was released twice in Wisconsin just this year following low bail being set in his cases.
Cruz posted his response on Twitter to a New York Post article that reported how Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm backed progressive reforms in criminal justice even while admitting that this would guarantee a defendant getting out and killing another person.
The senator from Texas expressed his shock. Cruz said, “Across the country, radical Leftists are releasing violent criminals from jail – with little or no bail – only to see them commit yet more violent crimes. This horrific mass murder is the latest example. And it was fully preventable.”
This is shocking.
Across the country, radical Leftists are releasing violent criminals from jail—with little or no bail—only to see them commit yet more violent crimes.
This horrific mass murder is the latest example. And it was fully preventable. https://t.co/1uPoTrK4Fe
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 23, 2021
The article from The Post cited an interview that Chisholm gave the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel back in 2007. In the said interview, Chisholm didn’t talk about the bail. However, he discussed taking an unorthodox approach to tackling non-violent crimes by diverting them from the criminal justice system and bringing them into other program types such as drug treatment.
“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who's going to go out and kill somebody?” Chisholm stated. “You bet. Guaranteed. It's guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach,” he added.
Two different judges freed Brooks by setting low-cost bail, according to records. The first one in February was worth $500, and it was set after he shot at his nephew the previous summer. The second is from earlier this month after a woman accused him of striking her and running her over with the same vehicle that he used to allegedly plow through the Christmas parade. The bail set for this was only worth $1,000.
According to Chisholm’s office, the February case had an original bail set at $10,000. It was later reduced to $7,500 and was further dramatically reduced to $500 because of a scheduling conflict at court that would have taken Brooks’ right to a speedy trial away.
The DA’s office stated that they plan on conducting a review of the more recent case. It also acknowledged that their bail recommendation “was inappropriately low” given the nature of the recent and pending charges Brooks was already facing.
“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,” Chisholm's office stated.