Wisconsin state lawmakers want the Milwaukee County prosecutor removed from office after they claim he set an “inappropriately low” bail for the man accused of the Waukesha Christmas parade rampage.
A group of 16 GOP legislators asked the governor on Monday to remove District Attorney John Chisholm after it was revealed that suspect Darrell Brooks was out on $1,000 bail when he killed six people and injured dozens more by plowing his SUV through a crowd of parade marchers on Nov. 21.
The Republicans wrote a letter to Gov. Tony Evers saying Evers should “immediately” remove Chisholm following the DA’s acknowledgment that the bail recommendation from his office was low, blaming an inexperienced and overworked young prosecutor in his office.
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 and a spokesperson told the Associated Press that a “certified” complaint hadn’t been received on Monday. None of the GOP lawmakers live within the county, the Associated Press reported.
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