Wisconsin state lawmakers want the Milwaukee County prosecutor ousted after he admitted that his office set an “inappropriately low” bail for the suspect behind the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy.
A group of GOP legislators demanded in a letter on Monday that Gov. Tony Evers fire District Attorney John Chisholm for letting Darrell Brooks out on $1,000 bail just five days before the massacre.
Brooks killed six people and injured dozens more by plowing his SUV through a crowd of parade marchers on Nov. 21.
The 16 Republicans said in a letter that Chisholm should be removed “immediately” and cited the DA’s acknowledgment that the bail recommendation was low. Chisholm blamed an inexperienced and overworked young prosecutor in his office for the screwup.
The governor, who can only take action to remove a DA after a written complaint by a taxpayer, has not called for Chisholm’s ouster. A spokesperson for Evers said a “certified” complaint hadn’t been received on Monday. None of the GOP lawmakers live within Milwaukee.
Both Gov. Tony Evers and Chisholm are Democrats.
Brooks, 39, was slapped with several charges when he rammed his car into the Waukesha Christmas parade procession last month. A child was among those killed as were members of a group called the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.
Five days before the parade carnage, Brooks made bail on an arrest for allegedly punching the mother of his child and running over her with a car at a gas station on Nov. 2, court documents said. The DA announced an internal probe to investigate why the bail recommendation was so low.
“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 office said in a statement.
Chisholm later told Fox 6 Now that a young assistant DA “made a mistake” in the case, though he shrugged off calls to resign.
“When things get tough, when tough things occur, the response shouldn’t be to quit, to run away from the problem,” he told the station. “The obligation I have is to lead my people so they can continue doing the work they do every single day, which is trying to keep people safe.”
With Post wires