Progressive DA blames assistant prosecutor for deadly decision that led to Waukesha massacre

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The left-wing district attorney whose office was responsible for allowing longtime criminal Darrell Brooks to be bailed out of jail for only $1,000 has sought to blame his underling for the Waukesha rampage suspect’s release.

During a hearing Thursday, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a left-winger notorious for his bail reform measures, claimed that an overwhelmed assistant prosecutor identified by the press as Michelle Grasso was responsible.

“You had a young ADA trying to do the very best she could under really difficult circumstances and she made a mistake,” the “woke” DA testified to the Milwaukee County County Board of Supervisors’ Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee.

“Chisholm [said] that the assistant prosecutor handling a domestic violence case against Darrell Brooks Jr. had been on the job for only two-and-a-half years, was handling two dozen other felony cases and a jury trial when Brooks’ case fell to her and never had access to Brooks’ risk assessment because it hadn’t been uploaded into the office’s system,” according to the Associated Press.

When she saw that Brooks had been assigned a $500 bail in another case, she simply doubled it to $1,000 in the domestic violence case, or so he claimed.

“That is a decision on its face … that I believe was inappropriately low given the context of what we knew about the defendant. That’s human error. It set in motion a chain of events that resulted in a tragedy,” Chisholm said.

“Again, I’m not trying to lessen our responsibility for that, but that’s it. In essence, that’s what you had here, a young (assistant district attorney) trying to do the best she could under tough circumstances and she made a mistake.”

“It doesn’t excuse it, but it puts it into context when you’re dealing with high volume triage, trying to sort what the most serious offense is, just trying to get the case in the system and move on to the next one, sometimes errors are going to occur,”  he added.

This blame game he’s playing hasn’t been well-received by the public.

Case in point (*Language warning):

The problem is, according to the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, that even if his story is true, Grasso’s decision certainly wasn’t made in a vacuum.

“Refusing to prosecute dangerous criminals and releasing them as soon as they are arrested has been the exact approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office since the moment Chisholm was elected to lead it,” the think tank notes.

“Over the past decade and a half, there have been hundreds (if not thousands) of Darrell E. Brooks, Jrs who have assaulted, robbed, raped, and even killed while out on the scandalously low bail mandated by the restorative justice push that Chisholm has led.”

Indeed, only days after the Waukesha rampage, a suspect who was bailed out in August for only $5,500 despite him having stabbed someone committed yet another stabbing attack, this time killing the victim.

“Grasso wasn’t overworked or underprepared when she set low bail for Darrell Brooks, Jr. She was simply upholding this commitment to ending incarceration in Milwaukee County. Chisholm himself understood that this day was coming, predicting after he was first elected to office in 2007 that his soft-on-crime approach would invariably lead to the loss of innocent lives,” according to the institute.

And it appears that’s exactly what happened when Brooks allegedly drove a red SUV through a Christmas parade, killing six people, including a child. It was the same red SUV that he’d used only weeks earlier to run over his baby’s mother, nearly killing her.

That being said, Chisholm isn’t the only one spouting dubious talking points. So is Brooks, who complained in a jailhouse interview this week that he’s being “demonized.”

Meanwhile, his mother wrote a letter to the media blaming the “broken” “system” for not providing her son, whom she claimed suffers from “mental health issues,” with the “help and resources he needed,” and suggesting that the decision to throw him in jail “over and over again” had only exacerbated his alleged illness.

Vivek Saxena

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