Darrell Brooks appears in court following Wisconsin parade attack
The complaint filed on Tuesday describes Mr Brooks as having “no emotion” when he drove down the parade route, killing six people and wounding at least 47 others. Moments earlier, he was said to have fled from police responding to a call about a domestic dispute between him and another person.
Prosecutors plan to charge the 39-year-old with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He is being held on $5m bail.
More than $1.5m has been raised to support victims of the attack and their families. The six people killed are: Tamara Durand, Jane Kulich, Wilhelm Hospel, Leanna Owen, Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, and Jackson Sparks.
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Mother of Darrell Brooks regrets bailing him out
The mother of the man charged with mowing down and killing people at the Wisconsin Christmas parade regrets bailing him out earlier this month, his ex-girlfriend told The New York Post.
Dawn Woods wishes she had not posted the $1,000 bond after Darrell Brooks was accused of punching the mother of his child and striking her with his car on 2 November.
“She’s wrecked that people were killed as a result and she’s like, ‘I’m blaming myself, because had I not bailed him out, this wouldn’t have happened,’” the ex, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear for her safety, told the newspaper.
Six people died when Mr Brooks allegedly plowed into the parade on Sunday, and he faces life in prison if convicted.
Graeme Massie25 November 2021 00:40
What we know about Brooks
ICYMI: Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, 39, was identified by police as the man who drove his car down the Waukesha Christmas parade route on Sunday, killing six people and wounding dozens more.
Mr Brooks had only been out on bail for two days after being arrested on 5 November on charges of domestic abuse, resisting an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and felony bail jumping.
On social media, Mr Brooks promoted his hip-hop career under the name MathBoi Fly.
The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad explains what we know about the suspect so far:
Graeme Massie25 November 2021 00:04
Husband of victim says she had undiagnosed uterine cancer
Jane Kulkich, a mother-of-three, was one of the six people killed when Darrell Brooks mowed down the crowd at the Wisconsin Christmas parade on Sunday.
“I was happy to hear that I could at least give my children the thought that maybe a lot of suffering was avoided,” John Kulich told CBS Mornings.
“At least give my children the thought that, well, maybe God took her so she didn’t have to suffer. And if I could just leave them with that.”
Graeme Massie24 November 2021 23:01
ICYMI: DA’s past comments on reforms draw scrutiny
A Wisconsin district attorney acknowledged that his justice reforms could lead to freed criminals killing others more than a decade before a man his office released on bail mowed down dozens of people at a Christmas parade in Waukesha.
John Chisholm began enacting reforms – including the lowering of cash bonds and diverting non-violent offenders to treatment programs – when he was elected as Milwaukee County District Attorney in 2007.
Explaining his efforts to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that same year, Mr Chisholm acknowledged the possibility of adverse consequences.
“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into a treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen,” he said.
“It does not invalidate the overall approach.”
Mr Chisholm’s comments were drawn back into the spotlight this week after Darrell Brooks, a felon with a rap sheet dating back to 1999, was accused of killing five people and wounding 48 others by driving his car into Waukesha’s Christmas parade.
The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:
Megan Sheets24 November 2021 22:30
Parade victim’s organs may be donated to survivors
Mother-of-three Jane Kulich was among the six people killed in Sunday’s parade attack.
Now, her organs could be donated to those injured in the same incident, her sister-in-law Shawn Kulich told People.
“God works in mysterious ways,” Shawn Kulich said. “My brother and his children were so thrilled to learn this news. Some tears from this tragedy have been turned into tears of joy now!!!! I know Jane is smiling for this!”
More than 45 people were injured in the attack, including at least 17 children.
Megan Sheets24 November 2021 22:00
United for Waukesha Community Fund receives 6,300 donations from 12 countries in three days
Over the past three days, the United for Waukesha Community Fund has received 6,300 donations from 12 different countries.
Organiser of the fundraiser, led by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the Waukesha County Community Foundation, announced the impressive numbers on Wednesday but did not say the total amount of money raised to date.
The first round of funding will go to the families of people killed, with a committee set to determine how the rest of the money is allocated.
Waukesha County Community Foundation President Shelli Marquardt said: “Waukesha is a big, little city and we are about one degree of separation away from anyone who was at the parade or who knows someone that was impacted by this.”
Donations can be made here.
Megan Sheets24 November 2021 21:30
Prior charges against Brooks
Prosecutors say they intend to file five charges against Mr Brooks for first-degree intentional homicide in the parade attack.
He was already facing charges from two other incidents in Wisconsin, including:
• Second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments
• Disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments
• Felony bail jumping
Megan Sheets24 November 2021 21:00
Brooks showed “no emotion” behind the wheel
A police officer quoted in the criminal complaint against Mr Brooks described him as showing “no emotion” when he drove his car onto the parade route.
Officer Butryn, who was directing traffic along the route, said he heard the tires on Mr Brooks’ SUV screech as it abruptly accelerated into the crowd of parade-goers.
“At this point, it was clear to Officer Butryn that this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible,” the complaint states.
Megan Sheets24 November 2021 17:30
New details about crash emerge in criminal complaint
New details about the horror crash at Waukesha’s Christmas parade emerged in a criminal complaint filed against Darrell Brooks on Tuesday.
The complaint describes how Mr Brooks fled in his vehicle when officers arrived on a call about a domestic dispute near the parade route.
He then proceeded to ignore officers’ orders to stop and made his way toward the parade.
Once on the route, witnesses said Mr Brooks appeared to be swerving to avoid cars, not people, while traveling at a high speed.
The full complaint is available here.
Megan Sheets24 November 2021 17:00
NFL star JJ Watt to cover funeral costs: report
NFL star and Waukesha native JJ Watt has reportedly offered to cover the cost of funerals for victims of the Christmas parade crash.
The act of kindness was reported by journalist Cory Jennerjohn on Tuesday but has yet to be publicly confirmed by Mr Watt or his foundation.
Mr Watt, a defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, reacted to the tragedy in a tweet on Sunday:
Megan Sheets24 November 2021 16:30