Even the Milwaukee County district attorney, an elected Democrat, is questioning how his office could release Darrell Brooks Jr. on low bail. A 39-year-old with a 22-year criminal history (that we know about). Only two days before Sunday’s (11-21-21) slaughter at Waukesha’s Christmas parade, Brooks was released on $1,000 cash bail for (among other things) running over the mother of his love child with his now-infamous red SUV.
The carnage in Waukesha is staggering. Five dead, including four from the Dancing Grannies troupe; nine children in critical condition among the 48 injured. All because this chronic criminal was fleeing another crime and didn’t care who he hurt. (Was also a registered sex offender and bail jumper in Nevada.)
Waukesha could well be the tipping point that puts an end to squishy prosecutors and sob-story judges who grant low bail, even signature bond, to repeat offenders.
Like that 18-year old caught with loaded firearm at Verona high school 11-17-21. Two days later, a Dane County judge lets Tavion J. Flowers loose on a signature bond and prohibits him from possessing any weapons. Except … except … except … “At the time of his arrest, Flowers was already on a signature bond for a felony theft charge issued in October, which also barred him from possessing any weapons.”
Or Katoine Richardson, age 19. Spotted on State Street 10-10-21. A police officer was shot by friendly fire in the struggle to arrest him for violating curfew imposed after a previous case. Sure enough, Richardson (it is charged) was illegally carrying! Among the raft of charges he has accumulated in the last two years are armed burglary, theft, receipt of stolen property, riding in a stolen car, criminal damage to property — and three felony and one misdemeanor bail jumping. All of the cases are still open!
“As cases accumulated, Richardson, who was originally free on signature bonds, was jailed on $1,350 bail. He posted that in late March and was released from custody.” (Read & Weep!)
Or Andre Miller, the 21-year-old hard case who was arrested for dealing crack cocaine and heroin and for car jacking. Carried a 9 mm. handgun with an extended magazine, illegally modified to be sweep the streets with one squeeze of the trigger. The WI State Journal captured the frustration of Town of Madison Police Chief Scott Gregory: “Signature bonds apparently do nothing to endure the defendant follows the court’s orders. It is my hope a large cash bail is set for Miller to protect our community.” Because Andre M. Miller Jr. blew bail six (6) times.
The Wall Street Journal warns:
Bail reform has been a leading cause of the progressive left in recent years, and Democratic prosecutors have often gone along. More weekends like this one, and the backlash against lax prosecutors and misguided laws will build as a political issue.
Republican state Rep. Cindi Duchow is introducing a constitutional amendment to allow judges to consider a defendant’s danger to the community when setting bail in addition to assuring their court appearance.
A full accounting!
Blaska Policy Werkes calls on Dane County Clerk of Courts Carlo Esqueda to divulge:
- How many signature bonds and/or bonds of $1,000 or less have been assessed in felony cases in the last 12 months?
- How does that compare to five years ago?
- How many defendants have more than one signature bond or bonds of less than $1,000?
- How many of those have gone on to commit subsequent crimes?
- How many bail jumping charges have been issued this year compared to past years?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Every high school riot, every stolen car, every statue toppled and business burned is an indictment of the Woke-progressive power structure.
The Defund the Police/Derail the Jail/Cops Out of School crowd have had their day. We can elect new county board and school board members next April 5. Five Dane County circuit court judges are also on the ballot. (“We’ve got to elect better judges.”)