The Milwaukee District Attorney’s office admitted Monday to setting an “inappropriately low” bond earlier this month for the man suspected of being behind the Christmas parade crash in Wisconsin that killed five and injured dozens.
Darrell Brooks, 39, is currently being questioned over the deadly crash on Sunday in Waukesha, according to law enforcement sources.
He had been released from custody in an unrelated case in Milwaukee County just days earlier after posting his $1,000 bond.
Brooks was charged in the Nov. 5 case with resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless endangering safety, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery, according to a criminal complaint.
In the wake of Sunday’s tragedy, the district attorney’s office said it had launched an internal probe into how Brooks was given such a low bond given the seriousness of the charges and his criminal history.
“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,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
“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.
“This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this matter in order to determine the appropriate next steps.”
Brooks also has another pending case in Milwaukee from July last year in which he is charged with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a firearm, online records show.
His cash bail in that case was initially set at $10,000 before being reduced to $7,500, the DA’s office said.
Brooks remained in custody under his scheduled trial was set to get underway in February when he made a demand for a speedy jury trial.
The DA said that demand couldn’t be met so the case was adjourned and his bail was dropped to just $500, which he posted on Feb. 21.