The man, Darrell Brooks, who is believed by authorities to have run an SUV into a crowd at a Wisconsin Christmas parade has a heavy criminal past.
On Sunday evening, a red SUV ran into a crowd in Waukesha, Wisconsin. As of Monday afternoon, authorities said five victims passed away and over 40 victims have been injured.
Police are questioning a 39-year old career criminal with a long criminal history. The Waukesha Police say Darrell Brooks “intentionally drove his maroon SUV through barricades into a crowd of people.“
The Milwaukee man’s criminal history goes back to 1999 and includes a number of violent felonies.
On November 5, the man appeared in court to face charges including reckless endangerment, battery, domestic abuse, resisting arrest, and bail jumping.
The man faced accusations of purposefully running over a woman, according to the Milwaukee Journal.
He was released with a $1,000 bail shortly after, without consideration to his lengthy criminal record and the seriousness of the charges he faced.
In recent years, many district attorneys and members of the Justice system have adopted a lenient stance towards violent offenders.
The Milwaukee district attorney’s office issued a statement announcing they would conduct an internal investigation, arguing the man should have never been released on such low bail.