A black suspect drove through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing at least five people and injuring dozens more. Among the injured were at least 18 children, 10 of whom are in intensive care.
It didn’t make the New York Times until page A22.
Suspect Darrell Brooks was reportedly the driver. Police arrested him without injuring him. Police charged him with five counts of intentional homicide. In its report, the Times said the act “sent a shock wave through a state already unsettled by the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in nearby Kenosha two days earlier.”
The Washington Post says that Mr. Brooks was “at the scene of a reported knife fight, then sped away in the red SUV when police arrived at the scene.” There’s no independent confirmation of this. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson (who is also black) hasdenied this was a terrorist attack. However, he also denied that there was any pursuit. The chief was very clear that the attack was intentional. People with military backgrounds compared the scene to a war zone.
Federal officials, including the FBI, are reportedly involved in the investigation. Thus far, police have released no motive. Of course, since Mr. Brooks is alive, we may find out more in a trial.
It is tempting to say that this is a premediated terrorist attack. Journalists and government officials may be attempting to cover it up. Mr. Brooks certainly does not like white people. However, he also may be just a career criminal who simply didn’t care about those he harmed. It’s hard to decide which is worse.
One video shows that the suspect drove over barricades and didn’t stop even after a police officer opened fire.
WATCH: Shots are fired after a vehicle plows into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/CIPa5xOd4U
— BNO News (@BNONews) November 21, 2021
Other footage shows a red SUV speeding down a street, not deliberately hitting people:
A car just plowed through a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, WI.
As many as 30 people people are reportedly injured.
Prayers up 🙏🏻
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 21, 2021
This was recorded from the City of Waukesha’s Facebook account, which was streaming the parade.
— Sam Kraemer (@SamKraemerTV) November 21, 2021
However, as the street fills with marchers, the suspect appears to drive into them. He certainly doesn’t stop when he begins running people over. At best, the driver doesn’t care. If he was simply trying to escape, it’s very hard to believe he wouldn’t have noticed the obvious problem a parade would create and avoid that route.
WARNING: Graphic footage
Top-down video footage shows a driver deliberately plowing through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/fo5xXPF12q
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 22, 2021
Mr. Brooks has a lengthy criminal record, including two open felony charges. In since deleted videos on his YouTube channel, “Mathboi,” he raps in front of what looks like the red SUV in the attack. He also points guns at the camera and brags about his criminal and sexual exploits. Another YouTube account has reposted the entire video.
Darrell Edward Brooks, the man who was taken into custody by police over the #Waukesha Christmas parade mass casualty incident, is a rapper who stars in a music video where he raps in front of a red vehicle that looks like the same one that ran over dozens of people yesterday. pic.twitter.com/p7oCimkqEm
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 22, 2021
Eric Striker of National Justice has saved Mr. Brooks’s lyrics from what he reports was one of the suspect’s other songs. (YouTube appears to have removed the original link.) “Minnesota” says schools should teach black power and that “we [blacks] built the country.” It also alludes to Eric Garner and George Floyd, and includes an explicit call to violence, urging listeners to “burn it down” with “no more marchin’.”
Mr. Brooks also seemed upset about Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
Brooks posted about the rittenhouse verdict on Friday with a facepalm emoji, under the name Jay Brooks. pic.twitter.com/Nzg3OXIo6Q
— I,Hypocrite (@lporiginalg) November 22, 2021
One Twitter account has compiled various posts that allegedly chronicle Mr. Brooks’s criminal career and social media history. This includes celebrations of “knokin white ppl TF out” and tributes to Black Lives Matter.
He also had strange views about who was truly Jewish.
The absolute BOLLOCKS history that Darrell Brooks Jr filled his head and his social media with. This is why this sort of fake history is dangerous – it actually incites lunatics to go and plough an SUV into a crowd of innocent dancing girls pic.twitter.com/i8FfSiUqi8
— Rob Spear (@Robbo1992x) November 22, 2021
Mr. Brooks is also reportedly a sex offender, though this listing comes from Nevada. A video that appears to be from Mr. Brooks explains his side of the story.
— INCEL TALIB☭N (@itsoverwereback) November 22, 2021
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that police have charged Mr. Brooks “three times in less than two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others.” A case from earlier this month allegedly involved Mr. Brooks trying to deliberately run over a woman, the mother of one of his children.
However, after paying a $1,000 bond, he was free by November 19, even though “bail jumping” is a charge he’s faced in the past.
Why was Mr. Brooks freed so easily? Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chrisholm wants an investigation about the “inappropriately low” cash bond for Mr. Brooks. He may want to begin with himself.
DA Chrisholm has said in the past that he does not want individuals “held unnecessarily on cash bail.” He congratulated progressive prosecutor Chesa Boudin of San Francisco upon the latter’s election victory in November 2019. DA Christholm’s top tweet has nothing to do with the attack. It dates from January and calls for the removal of then-President Donald Trump.
— John Chisholm (@DAJohnChisholm) January 6, 2021
DA Chrisholm also co-authored a paper on “Reimagining the Role of the Prosecutor in the Community.” The paper was intended to “unearth the roots of racial inequality in the United States, discuss how those roots produced racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and provide guidance on how the prosecutor’s office can transform those disparities into positive change in policy and practice.” After analyzing slavery, Black Codes, the War on Drugs, and other alleged explanations for racial inequality, it urged prosecutors to use data analysis to “begin developing and implementing changes to address racially disparate outcomes.” The paper tells prosecutors to consider simply not charging “offenses that create racial disparities, a level of power which speaks to the discretion built into the office.”
The New Yorker profiled John Chrisholm in 2015 for his efforts to reduce black incarceration in an article entitled, “The Milwaukee Experiment.” Today, we know the way that experiment turned out.
You might think that a tragedy of this kind could provide a moment of unity. After all, though the suspect is black, so is the police chief. While the town is mostly white, it’s not clear that all the victims are white. However, if you expected unity, you were wrong.
Activist Mark Feinberg:
Someone who claims to be a “CBS 6 Alum”:
It’s okay. The driver in Waukesha was afraid for his life and defending himself from the unarmed holiday crowd. That’s Wisconsin law now. https://t.co/j5bhBCsc0W
— Chris Wiggins 🏳️🌈🇩🇪🇺🇸 (@CWNewser) November 21, 2021
A person who wonders why it couldn’t have been a MAGA rally:
— I,Hypocrite (@lporiginalg) November 22, 2021
There were some others:
— Meme Farmer (@OldMemeFarmer) November 22, 2021
However, the most important example was Mary Lemanski, until recently the social media director for the Democratic Party in DuPage County. She likened the event to “Karma” and said “you reap what you sow.” She sowed job loss.
We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Waukesha.We are aware of statements made by a former member of our organization and find them to be incredibly insensitive and not in alignment of who we are as an organization. Our organization does not support hate in any form
— DuPage Democrats (@DuPage_Dems) November 22, 2021
The country is so divided that even an attack on children and grandmas from a career criminal is “controversial.” Whatever happens to Mr. Brooks, the fact that this happened at all shows that we don’t need more leniency and “criminal justice reform.” This country has an under-incarceration problem when it comes to black thugs.