The Waukesha District Attorney whose office let out parade killer Darrell Brooks on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago previously admitted he knew his laxed bail reform would lead to killers being set free and murdering others, saying flippantly in a 2007 interview: ‘You bet, it’s guaranteed to happen.’
John Chisolm was elected as Milwaukee County District Attorney in 2007 and he immediately started advocating for lower cash bonds for criminals, like Brooks – a felon with a history of domestic violence charges who was most recently locked up for running over the mother of his children.
In 2007, Chisolm told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ‘Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen.
‘It does not invalidate the overall approach.’
His shamefaced office, which yesterday admitted they’d set an ‘inappropriately low’ bond amount for Brooks, has not commented on the resurfaced interview in light of Sunday’s atrocity.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisolm (right) is an enthusiastic bail reform advocate who previously suggested the state should replicate San Francisco’s bail reform to do away with cash bond on minor crimes
Darrell Brooks Jr is shown in his November 22 mugshot that was released on Tuesday morning. He has now been charged with five counts of murder
Chisolm’s premonition came true in 2013 when convicted drug dealer Jeremiah Schroeder, 35, was let out on a deferred prosecution and injected a fatal dose of heroin into Cassandra Lutz, a 26-year-old woman.
Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed.
John Chisolm in 2007 interview
Schroeder was caught trying to move her dead body afterwards and was put back in prison.
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.
After being elected on 2007, Chisolm made clear that he sought to send fewer Wisconsin residents to prison while maintaining public safety amid an unprecedented influx of crime in Milwaukee County.
To combat the crime wave, Chisolm enlisted the help of the Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based nonprofit group that works with leaders in government and civil settings ‘to improve the services people rely on for safety and justice,’ according to the organization’s website.
Its website explicitly says that Vera opposes cash bail.
Advocates say the measure unfairly penalizes the poorest, and results in disproportionate numbers of ethnic minority suspects in jails awaiting trial.
But opponents say the measure often results in career criminals being immediately released back onto the streets to commit more offenses, with the measure partially-blamed for NYC’s ongoing crime spike.
Chisolm’s office agreed to a $1,000 bond for Darrell Brooks on November 11th, despite him being held on charges including felony bail jumping and domestic violence.
In 2013, convicted drug dealer Jeremiah Schroeder was allowed out on a deferred prosecution. He was a known heroin dealer and the judge in the case said Milwaukee was going through a ‘heroin epidemic’ but he was allowed out and within a year, he killed 26-year-old Cassandra Lutz by injecting her with heroin at a concert. He then tried to hide her body
Chisolm is firmly opposed to cash bail. He previously said the county should replicate San Francisco in its approach to it, despite escalating crime
Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, killed five people and injured 48 on Sunday night by plowing through crowds at the Christmas parade while fleeing a domestic dispute. Brooks was unrepentant, ditched his car afterwards and even walked up to a Good Samaritan’s home, pretending to be homeless and asking for a sandwich. He is now in custody on five murder charges
On Monday, Chisolm’s office released this statement admitting the bail they had set for Brooks was ‘inappropriately low’
Homicide rates have seen a nearly hundred per cent increase between 2019 and 2020 in Milwaukee County, rocketing from 97 murders two years ago to 190 last year.
He was let out and within a few days, was behind the wheel of his Ford again.
He plowed through crowds at the Christmas parade on Sunday night, killing five adults and injuring 48 people, including two children.
Brooks was unrepentant, ditched his car afterwards and even walked up to a Good Samaritan’s home, pretending to be homeless and asking for a sandwich.
He is now in custody on five murder charges.
The judge who granted Brooks’ bail on November 11 is a former Assistant District Attorney, Michelle Havas. She has not commented on the decision yet
The families of the victims have not yet indicated whether they plan to file any form of legal action against the city or the state of Wisconsin for letting Brooks out of jail on such a low bond.
There is however growing public outrage over the decision.
Many on Tuesday morning laid the blame for the tragedy with Chisolm and the judge who granted the bail, Michelle A. Havas.
She has not yet commented.
Republicans were among those to condemn the killings on Sunday as the result of woke policies and bail reform.
Representative Scott Fitzgerald, who represents the district of Waukesha in Congress, said in an interview with Newsmax: ‘When you see kind of the rap sheet [and] the turnstile approach to justice, where these guys are in and out, in and out, in and out, it just goes back to a system that is broken.
‘Even though you know I’d love to deal with this at the federal level, it’s still a state-by-state issue because there’s such a diverse set of statutes, when you look at Wisconsin versus Illinois or Minnesota, and it reflects kind of the values there.’
Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted: ‘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.’
Dana Loesch, former spokesperson for the NRA, said: ‘These people died because of bail reform!
‘These people died because of a corrupt DA.’
Former President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that the Waukesha disaster: ‘The whole world is watching the tragedy which just took place in Waukesha, Wisconsin, it is devastating, horrible, and very very sick!
‘My heart goes out to the people of this great, beautiful, and hardworking community. We must find the answers to this terrible crime, and stop these violent and depraved acts from happening again.
‘I am with you Waukesha, and always will be!’