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The shamefaced Milwaukee District Attorney's Office admitted on Monday it was 'inappropriate' for convicted felon Darrell Brooks to be allowed out of jail on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago after trying to run over his ex-girlfriend, as he was charged with five counts of murder for the lives he took at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday night.
Brooks, 39, was taken into custody in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday night after police found his red Ford SUV parked neatly in a driveway five blocks from where he drove through crowds of kids and elderly dancing groups.
The amateur rapper has a long criminal history dating back to 1999 with more than 15 arrests in the state of Wisconsin alone for charges including possession of drugs, strangulation and suffocation, battery, illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon and resisting arrest.
On Sunday, he was fleeing the scene of a domestic dispute when he crashed into the crowds after smashing through safety barriers and breezing past cops. One officer tried to stop him by shooting at his car but he stopped because there were too many people around for him to safely fire his weapon.
Police had just arrived at the home that Brooks had fled when he plowed into the parade crowds, killing five adults. The victims have been identified as Dancing Grannies Virginia Sorenson, 79, Leanna Owens, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52, Citizen Bank employee Jane Kulich, 52, and 82-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, the husband of one of the grannies. The Waukesha Police Department have now arrested Brooks on five murder charges.
On November 2, he was arrested on domestic violence charges after trying to 'run over' his ex, the mother of his child, at a gas station. His bond was set at $1,000 and he posted it on November 11th.
On Monday morning, the Milwaukee County DA's Office released a statement admitting it was 'inappropriately low' given his criminal history. They said they'd launched an internal review as to why he was able to get out on bond to commit more crimes.
The shamefaced Milwaukee District Attorney's Office admitted on Monday it was 'inappropriate' for convicted felon Darrell Brooks to be allowed out of jail on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago after trying to run over his ex-girlfriend, as he was charged with five counts of murder for the lives he took at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday night
Brooks' November 2 criminal complaint reveals he was accused of hunting down the mother of his child, a woman referred to in charging documents as EAP, and running her over while she was walking through a gas station after an argument
Milwaukee County Attorney John T Chisholm previously spoke of trying to reduce his county's prison population. He even let a progressive criminal justice nonprofit called Vera perform an 'audit' on his office.
Vera, which is based in New York, opposes cash bail, with the implementation of that measure partially-blamed for a crime spike in NYC. Milwaukee saw murders spike by 95 per cent between 2019 and 2020, with 2021 currently recording as many homicides as there were by the same stage of 2020.
At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said: 'This is not a terrorist event.' Fire Chief Steve Howard said the scene was 'like a warzone'.
'It was just, for lack of a better word, carnage. There were adults, children injured.
'Some of our first responders were there with their families and they left their families to help treat people. People with military backgrounds likened it to a war zone.'
Between July 2020 and February 2021, Brooks was in custody awaiting a trial date on a $7,500 bond for shooting at his nephew after a fight over his old cell phone.
The bond was dropped to $500 in February because the courts couldn't give him a trial quickly enough.
He was arrested again on November 2 in Milwaukee for hunting down the mother of one of his children at a hotel, then following her in the street with his SUV and running her over in the parking lot of a gas station after she refused to get in his car.
DailyMail.com obtained copies of his arrest warrant for that incident on Monday which reveal he followed her to a gas station, punched her 'with a closed fist' and then 'ran her over.'
He was arrested and charged with five counts including bail jumping, for having failed to meet the terms of one of his many other sets of bail or probation requirements.
But on November 11, he posted a $1,000 cash bond. By November 19, he was on the streets again and by November 21, behind the wheel of his Ford again.
After Sunday night's massacre, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office issued a statement conceding the bail that was set was 'inappropriately low.'
Fire Chief Steve Howard said the scene at the parade was like a 'warzone'. 'For lack of a better word, it was carnage'
Milwaukee Dancing Granny Virginia Sorenson, 79, was one of the five adults killed by the driver when he plowed through the crowd on Sunday night
Jane Kulich (left) was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck. Right, Betty Butula Streng, another Dancing Granny who was injured
Brooks is shown in this still taken from a video of the incident on Sunday. His motive remains unclear but the incident happened two days after he got out of jail on battery charges
Brooks is an amateur rapper who is shown above in a YouTube video standing in front of his red Ford truck. He has a long criminal history going back to 1999 with charges including weapons offenses, domestic battery, resisting arrest, drugs charges and concealed carry charges
The amateur rapper is shown in a 2019 music video filmed at the back of his house where he and others in the video pose with weapons and money