How Waukesha parade horror was made possible by left-wing district attorneys’ attempts at bail reform

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Experts on criminal justice and law enforcement seem to agree that criminal bail reform puts violent criminals back on the street at very little cost to them, but at great expense to communities around the country – not that one must be an expert to reach that conclusion.

According to Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police sergeant and spokesperson for the National Police Association, law enforcement in cities including Milwaukee, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are facing not only understaffing but low morale due to those disastrous policies.

“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,” she said, according to Fox News. “It’s incredibly frustrating for law enforcement, and it’s just absolutely dangerous for our communities.”

The controversy surrounding bail reform has reared its ugly head again in the wake of the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade attack allegedly by Darrell Brooks, Jr., who is accused of five (as of Tuesday now six) counts of intentional homicide, Wisconsin’s equivalent to first-degree murder.

Brooks has a rap sheet that is said to span 50 pages, yet he was recently out on bail of only $1,000 after stealing a woman’s cell phone, punching her in the face and running her over with an SUV; the same one purportedly used in the assault on the parade.

“When we arrest somebody, especially for a violent crime, and they’re out almost immediately and then they re-offend — that wears on the absolute soul of police officers,” Brantner Smith said.

Left-wing Wisconsin District Attorney John Chisholm from Milwaukee has announced an internal investigation into his own office and its recommendation that bail be set so low for Brooks.

“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,” Chisholm’s office said in a statement announcing the investigation, Fox News reported. “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.”

In addition to his lengthy criminal record – that was ostensibly ignored – Brooks also had an outstanding warrant in Nevada for bail jumping.

Enter “Dog, the Bounty Hunter,” who spoke with “Fox News Primetime” Tuesday to offer his thoughts on the matter.

(Video: Fox News)

Chisolm’s colleague in Waukesha took a slightly different approach this time around. She asked for and was granted that bail be set at $5M for Brooks, saying she wanted the amount to be so high that he couldn’t possibly pay it.

Mike Padden, a Minnesota-based defense attorney who also practices in Wisconsin, described the fact that Brooks had been freed only three weeks earlier as “pitiful.”

“He never should have been let out [earlier this month] because of the warrant from Nevada, but even if there wasn’t a warrant in Nevada, the bail should have been sufficient,” he said. “This could easily fall in the category of attempted murder,” referring to Brooks’ above-mentioned assault case.

“This is so egregious that somebody should lose their job over it,” he said. “That’s how bad this is.”


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