Resurfaced comments by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm have contributed to a reckoning for his office and the entire progressive-prosecutor movement after an inveterate criminal, out on bail, was charged with mass murder at a Christmas parade Sunday in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Democrats’ embrace of woke criminal justice reforms is increasingly looking like a moral, and political, disaster.
Then: In a 2007 interview, Waukesha, then newly elected as district attorney, explained his progressive vision of the job to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and predicted his reforms would cost some people their lives.
The Journal Sentinel reported in 2013 that Chisholm’s “prediction may now have come true” as a man whose prosecution had been deferred was charged with first-degree reckless murder in the overdose death of a young woman he allegedly sold heroin to.
- In 2021, the paper reviewed Chisholm’s deferred prosecution program and found some 200 of the 900 involved defendants had been accused of serious offenses, from armed robbery to felony sexual assault, including a 51-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl.
- At least a dozen of the defendants had extensive criminal records, and some 30% went on to violate their deferred prosecution agreements.
Now: Darrell Brooks Jr., 39 — who has a decades-long rap sheet and a record of anti-white racism and anti-Semitism — was out on a $1,000 bond recommended by Chisholm’s office when he intentionally plowed his SUV into revelers at Waukesha’s Christmas parade, per authorities.
- Six people died and more than 60 others were injured in the horrific rampage.
- Brooks had been released from jail after posting bond Friday for another pending case that included an allegation he deliberately hit a woman with his car in early November during a fight.
- The Milwaukee County District Attorney ‘s Office said Monday it was investigating the “inappropriately low” bail recommendation it made in the case.
On Wednesday, Waukesha County prosecutors they would add a sixth charge of first-degree intentional homicide against Brooks following the death of an 8-year-old boy, one of a number of parade-goers who was hospitalized in critical condition.
The judge set Brooks’ bail at $5 million.
WHAT ABOUT THE PROGRESSIVE-PROSECUTOR MOVEMENT?
Experts told Fox News that left-wing attempts at criminal bail reform are putting violent criminals like Brooks on the street and endangering communities across the country, from New York to San Francisco.
- “These extremely liberal prosecutors who want to talk about restorative justice, and what that means is is that we are putting the public in danger by trying to give these people too many opportunities to re-offend,” said Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police sergeant and spokesperson for the National Police Association.
Meanwhile, amid a yearlong national spike in violent crime, Democrats and their allies in the media have sounded increasingly worried about an electoral backlash against the party’s progressive excesses, including advocacy of “defund the police” and other radical criminal justice reforms.
- But Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., in an interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan this week, defended her support of a Democratic bill that would abolish federal prisons and release all the inmates.
.@jonathanvswan presses Rep. Tlaib on backing a bill to end federal prisons: To what extent have you wrestled w/ potential downsides?
Tlaib: I think everyone's like, oh my god, we're going to just release everybody.
Swan: But the act you endorsed actually says release everyone pic.twitter.com/ZBX3T9wxQy
— Axios (@axios) November 22, 2021