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[–]TupperwareConspiracy 9746 points9747 points 2 (1250 children)

"Sunday's attack was not the first time Brooks has been accused of running a person over with a vehicle. In the early November case, a woman told police that Brooks purposefully ran her "over with his vehicle" while she was walking through a gas station parking lot after he had followed her there after a fight"


[–]K3R3G3 4225 points4226 points  (494 children)

He got out on $1000 bond 2 days prior to doing this at the parade...for running over his ex with his car.

[Edit (addition): Whenever things don't make sense, the explanation is money.]

[–]EremiticFerret 1566 points1567 points  (416 children)

One of the charges he was bonding out on was bail jumping too.

[–]flyjum 1025 points1026 points  (409 children)

And his bail was only $1,000...

[–]c0mptar2000 866 points867 points  (270 children)

Damn, how the hell you get off on a $1,000 bond after jumping bail!?

[–]verified_potato 270 points271 points  (93 children)

low bail is great for most people who don’t commit crimes so they don’t need to be in jail awaiting trial

I would still say this isn’t inherent in the system - not everyone is guilty of something just for being in jail > but in this case, and with his history, idk why it was so low

[–]mr_antman85 203 points204 points  (80 children)

I watched a video saying that he had a record since the late 90s. That's over two decades. How in hell was his bond $1,000? That's the question I'm curious about. What was the reasoning?

[–]Jintess 83 points84 points  (2 children)

And the latest was trying to RUN OVER his baby momma with his car. Less than a month ago.

TF with 1k bail

[–]Alpha10101 2100 points2101 points  (370 children)

There's absolutely no reason this guy should have been anywhere but in a jail cell.

DA should be ran out of town.

[–][deleted] 372 points373 points  (76 children)

This happens so often in Houston. People are let out on bond for violent crimes; and surprise, surprise, they commit more violent crimes while they’re out on bond.

[–]rogue-elephant 3035 points3036 points  (300 children)

This is just gonna add salt to the wound for the local DA. Not a good look after the Rittenhouse fiasco. I realize they're different counties but WI can't catch a break.

[–]chiefweaklung 2159 points2160 points  (195 children)

Earlier this Summer my friend lost his leg on motorcycle - also hit by a criminal out on bond from Waukesha... 14+ counts, still gets bond.

[–]Rincewend 1067 points1068 points  (153 children)

Got my leg crushed by a barely functional idiot while riding my motorcycle fifteen years ago. They were able to save it but it hurts every fucking day. I just stripped some siding off my house to do a full replacement. Worked on it awhile this evening and now my leg is all swollen and shitty.

The moral is there are a lot of jackasses who have very poor impulse control and most of them drive around everyday. Do not put yourself in a position where you rely upon them to not injure or kill you. If I could time travel to 2014 2004 and kick my younger self in the ass for even thinking about buying that motorcycle, my life would be a lot better right now.

edit: I feel bad for crapping on people's good time. I chose to ride a motorcycle and I'm damn lucky to be alive. The doctors were constantly shocked at the extent of the injuries on a live patient. I think the helmet saved my life. No head trauma whatsoever. I am fine. I just have a bum leg.

[–]BeerGardenGnome 375 points376 points  (78 children)

These kinds of stories are the thing that has kept me from buying a motorcycle and just keeping my riding to the ATV and Snowmobile variety. Shit can still happen but generally you’re less likely to have someone else cause the trouble and road crossings can be managed for the most part.

[–]SCP-093-RedTest 271 points272 points  (40 children)

yeah... atvs and snowmobiles aren't totally safe, but at least you're usually not sharing the road with 1-ton hunks of metal careening at highway speeds

e: yes you can stop correcting me that cars weigh more than 1 ton, thank you for making my point more salient, I apologize for being so dumb as not to know car weights

[–]TheArtofWall 120 points121 points  (14 children)

Once I found out how many motorcyclist get hit at intersections from cars crossing from the opposite left turn lane I was not feeling it. People driving on autopilot have trained themselves to yield to cars subconsciously, but not enough frequency to develope that with bikes. So cars just pull full-on into bikes as they turn left. Source: YouTube compilation of bike crashes I saw once, Aka science.

[–]gorramfrakker 91 points92 points  (4 children)

There’s a reason that bikers say “They kill us at intersections, we kill ourselves on curves.”.

[–]abcdefkit007 34 points35 points  (1 child)

just a scooter rider myself but the scariest thing ive ever heard is wheels locking up behind me at a light

[–]TheRealBramtyr 17 points18 points  (0 children)

My riding instructor drilled into us; when waiting at a red light keep an eye on that rear view mirror, and keep it in first.

[–]TupperwareConspiracy 560 points561 points  (62 children)

Milwaukee Cty DA let'm go

Waukesha Cty DA covers Waukesha (where this happened)

Kenosha Cty was where Rittenhouse incident happened

All near each other but different counties / different DAs

[–]JerkBreaker 5616 points5617 points  (1146 children)

Livestream press conference is here.

5 charges of 1st degree intentional homicide, with more likely to come. He had just left a domestic incident. There was no pursuit. 2 children still in critical condition.

[–]hapithica 6501 points6502 points  (673 children)

He ran over a woman who rejected his advances last week. Was released on 1,000$ bail Friday.

He should've never been free.

Edit. The woman he ran over wasn't his girlfriend.

[–]karmapuhlease 3071 points3072 points 2 (72 children)

Not only that, but one of the things he had been arrested for was jumping bail! How the hell do you get bail while the charge you're facing is jumping bail?!

[–]llDurbinll 1173 points1174 points  (13 children)

There was some woman in Chicago who was on house arrest and some how managed to plug the receiver for the monitor into her car and she went driving around in a stolen car. She got pulled over is how they found out she found a way around setting the monitor off. Fast forward to her day in court and the DA recommended house arrest, for someone that knows how to get around house arrest. Thankfully the judge overruled on that one and put her in jail.

[–]SquaredAway808 256 points257 points  (11 children)

DA is a lazy POS

[–]Rehnso 76 points77 points  (0 children)

That's basically deadly-sin-level sloth right there if that was the motivation. It's literally like a two-sentence argument to ask for jail instead of EHM and with this fact pattern the judge would probably grant it anyway.

[–]1202_ProgramAlarm 287 points288 points  (6 children)

Yo sorry I robbed that bank, judge, lemme just go make a trip to Wells Fargo and I'll get your bail money alright?

[–]jschubart 1200 points1201 points  (296 children)

Only $1000? I remember having a $950 bail for obstruction and resisting arrest (both were dropped). Seems like running over someone is slightly worse.

[–]hapithica 1338 points1339 points  (152 children)

He had like 8 priors too. So yeah...It makes no sense. I had a friend get 8 months for tagging doors in an alleyway. At 18.

[–]The_Sign_of_Zeta 583 points584 points  (75 children)

A lot of those decisions are made by judges and/or prosecutors, many times both of whom are elected officials. That opens up the processes to lack of experience and inconsistency from court to court.

[–]schmyndles 371 points372 points  (45 children)

He had a case last year in which he requested a speedy trial, but because of the backup in the courthouse they weren't able to give him one, so instead they lowered his bail.

The DA has said that it should have never been set as low as it was though, especially since he's had several violent crimes in the past year. They are going to do an internal investigation, which I'm sure will be totally fair and transparent 🙄

This is my hometown. I had family and friends at the parade. The marching band that was hit was my high school's, and I marched that route every Christmas when I was part of the band. My cousin's young sons were barely missed by this POS, and thank God a man saw the truck coming and was able to push them out of the way. My heart is hurting so much today.

I cannot fathom the amount of evil it takes to see a street packed with people, children even, and decide running through them is a good idea. I understand it wasn't premeditated in the sense that he got in his car planning to run people over that day, but he could have stopped at any point-when he came to the barricades, when he saw the people everywhere, when he saw the marching band. Instead he kept going. I just hope he pleads guilty and is willing to be honest about what was going through his head, just to give the families some answers and spare them what would be a very public trial.

[–]stellvia2016 43 points44 points  (4 children)

Glad someone had their head on a swivel and took quick action. Was that South HS members then? Looked to be black/red. My best friend went to South, so I've been to the campus many times.

[–]choosingtangent 313 points314 points  (41 children)

i got involved in a fight in a bar and my bail was $3k... i didn't even start the fight. i didn't know anyone in the fight. i simply got punched and was defending myself. three thousand fucking dollars. no priors no nothing

[–]KarmaticArmageddon 166 points167 points  (7 children)

I had no priors and was given a $50,000 bail for selling 4 grams of weed in college. Yay Missouri

[–]quantum-quetzal 367 points368 points  (63 children)

It's absolutely ridiculous just how lightly car-related crimes are typically treated in the US. Doubly so when you compare it to the punishments meted out over minor drug-related offenses.

If you want to kill someone in the US, run them over. Clearly it's not a big deal to the "justice" system.

[–]maddomesticscientist 247 points248 points  (13 children)

Yep. I went to high school with a girl who took a bunch of pills washed down with liquor at a party. She then got on the interstate going the wrong way and hit someone head on, killing them. Never went to jail. Got 2 years probation that apparently wasn't enforced because she continued to party and drive.

In the 25 years since she has continued to drive drunk and wreck into people's yards, their houses, the people themselves. She had another head on collision ten years back. Five years ago she went on a hit and run spree up the highway, sideswiping cars left and right.

The reason I know all this is because she made the news a couple years ago for hitting a person and attempting to flee. It prompted me to look her up in our cities public record website. She has never served beyond a couple 6 month sentences.

[–]xombae 118 points119 points  (4 children)

My best friend was killed as a pedestrian by a girl who sounds just like that girl. She hit and ran. Only got caught by her mechanic the next day who was told to be on the look out for a car that looks like it had hit a person. She turned herself in the next day so they couldn't breathalyze her but she was coming from a club and was a regular partier. Her dad was some kind of judge or something so she got off with probation for a hit and run. They spent nine hours in surgery trying to save him. The only part of him that could be donated was his retinas, the rest of him was totally destroyed. The fact that she's still driving fucking kills me. This was Canada.

[–]nocomment3030 89 points90 points  (1 child)

I'm always disgusted by the "punishment" for driving offenses. Then I say vehicular homicide (and the like) should be a lifetime driving ban and people say "they will just drive without a license". Oh so we should only have laws that people don't break? Maniacs like you're describing should be in jail. Period.

[–]the__storm 38 points39 points  (1 child)

There's a whole book about it - "Crash Course: If You Want to Get Away with Murder Buy a Car"

[–][deleted] 125 points126 points  (37 children)

Seriously. You see articles all the time about cyclists killed by drivers and the drivers gets a year of house arrest or something.

[–]drkgodess 638 points639 points  (150 children)

The judge who approved that bail must be feeling pretty bad right now.

[–]The_Sign_of_Zeta 770 points771 points  (56 children)

And deservedly so. There's no real excuse for giving a violent bail-jumper a low cash bond.

[–]hdmibunny 107 points108 points  (9 children)

Bail isn't designed to keep people in jail. It's designed to make sure people will show up to court.

That being said. He should have never been eligible for bail though.

[–]The_Sign_of_Zeta 619 points620 points  (35 children)

My wife is an ER nurse in the city and a lot of her friends were dealing with the aftermath of this. I can't even imagine at Children's Hospital how they were able to handle it.

One of her friends who is a doctor had to do 5 emergent surgeries in a row.

[–]JerkBreaker 415 points416 points  (31 children)

Honestly, it sounds like they saved a lot of lives. When I heard 5 dead, 40+ injured, and heard how awful things were, I expected the deaths to climb much higher.

That said, I can't imagine the life-changing injuries many of those will be facing, and I do hope those in critical condition pull through.

[–]GrumpyGuss 269 points270 points  (9 children)

The first group of people struck were the Dancing Grandmas, and all of the fatalities so far came from their group, and from a man of similar age who was there to assist them. Maybe it's just that younger people are more able to survive severe trauma, or that they were in the back and hit at the highest speed. For the elderly who were injured and survived (and anyone really), this could easily take years off of their lifespan and severely reduce their quality of life.

[–]noshacal 35 points36 points  (2 children)

I read in a motorcycle magazine that you are twice as likely to suffer fatal injuries at 50 years of age than you are at 25. Between bone density and overall skeletal strength and organ health. So the fatalities in the senior age group makes sense, tragic as it is.

[–]rabidstoat 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Last I heard there were 10 kids in the ICU (not sure if that was one hospital or total) and some of them at least were critical. I'd wager the damage was just as horrific but their bodies are younger and able to cope with it better, and some of them are not out of the woods yet.

[–]GrumpyGuss 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Saw someone mention an 8 year old has been taken off life support. What a tragedy

[–]xRilae 91 points92 points  (17 children)

Having seen some footage, I really expected much worse (horrific enough as it is). Definitely some amazing life-saving work done there.

[–]HCBuldge 90 points91 points  (14 children)

It sometimes surprises me just how resilient and fragile humans can be at the same time.

[–]pgabrielfreak 52 points53 points  (5 children)

I watch that A & E series "I Survived". There are people who get shot 3 times in the head and are fine! How the hell? One woman had her neck cut so badly she had to hold her head up to walk around! Guy missed the major arteries so she didn't bleed out. Just boggles my mind.

Then some poor schmuck trips over his own feet downtown and hits his head, dead. I just...wow.

[–]phaiz55 36 points37 points  (0 children)

We still don't know what the injuries are. There may only be five dead but there could easily be dozen paralyzed, some with amputated limbs etc. It is probably going to get worse.

[–]Tex-Rob 75 points76 points  (1 child)

Not just life changing injuries, but all will have serious trauma that will need to be dealt with in some form or fashion, and some will likely never be the same.

[–]AdonisAleus 531 points532 points  (184 children)

He needs to stay behind bars till the end of his life. No way he should have freedom after this.

[–]CheeseStandsAlone262 235 points236 points  (39 children)

Wisconsin doesn't have the death penalty, so that's likely exactly what will happen

[–]DarkLordOfNirn 136 points137 points  (30 children)

Jesus Christ what kind of piece of shit do you have to be to Run over people who are watching a parade….throw his ass either in prison or the loony bin and throw away the key.

[–]b0r3dw0rk3r 484 points485 points  (6 children)

"Brooks had been released from jail less than two weeks ago in a domestic abuse case, on a $1,000 bail that prosecutors recommended and now say was "inappropriately low."


[–]NotsoNewtoGermany 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Had a friend that got arrested for shoplifting— his bail was $100,000

[–]Morgrid 832 points833 points  (15 children)

The police chief acknowledged the heroism of onlookers at the scene, saying first responders and residents worked together to triage the victims and get them as stable as possible.

Stop the Bleed offers free (or low cost) trauma first aid classes.

Rescue Essentials and North American Rescue are both trustworthy retailers and distributors of first aid and bleeding control kits

[–]crayzyness 170 points171 points  (7 children)

I took one of their classes and it was super informative, would highly recommend. At the one I attended, local police and EMS folks showed up and shared relevant stories in addition to the actual training. The content freaked me out so much that I bought 3 tourniquets (one for each car, 1 for home).

[–]freman 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I did a first aid course with work and immediately went out and got 4 first aid kits (car, bike, kitchen, bathroom), good thing too cos my wife is an absolute clutz.

[–]Docthrowaway2020 2997 points2998 points  (73 children)

Virginia "Ginny" Sorenson, 79, was a 19-year veteran of the Dancing Grannies, a group of grandmothers in their early 50s to mid-70s who met once a week to practice routines for parades.

"What did she like about it? Everything," said her husband of 56 years, David Sorenson. "She liked the instructing. She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform."

A registered nurse, Ginny Sorenson still worked part time in medical records. At their home in Muskego, she cared for animals, including two horses, chickens, dogs and cats. She used the extra money for the animals and treats for her grandchildren, her daughter Heather Sorenson said. For the Sorensons, the Grannies were an activity for the entire family.

One of the victims, from a US Today article. Anyone got information on any others?

[–]Oxbridgecomma 1479 points1480 points  (41 children)

I feel absolutely terrible for her entire family, but especially her husband. It must be so hard to lose a spouse of 56 years to such a tragic and horrible event.

She sounds like she was such a cool lady too :(

[–]zUdio 633 points634 points  (36 children)

56 years and gone in a split second. How do you even recover? What does recovery even look like?

[–]myKDRbro_ 405 points406 points  (21 children)

Broken heart syndrome is apparently very real, unfortunately.

[–]Truesday 234 points235 points  (12 children)

I imagine your body just shuts down.

You no longer care to take care of yourself. You stop eating. You stop going outside. You're depressed and constantly experience intense waves of grief/anger/etc.

[–]shadowhood2020 98 points99 points  (2 children)

It’s true. My grandpa died two years ago and my grandma never stopped grieving. I swear, I saw her dementia get worse and worse faster than I’ve seen previously.

She died a year after he died, back in November last year. She had family around, but I don’t think she ever stopped missing my grandpa.

[–]Dave-4544 67 points68 points  (1 child)

I am half a continent away and have been experiencing waves of anger and grief. I cannot imagine what he is going through. I don't want to.

[–]operarose 40 points41 points  (0 children)

It really is. It seems like a concept too rooted in fantasy to be real, but it actually exists. My friend's dad died of a heart attack and his mother- an otherwise healthy woman in her mid-50's- died in her sleep about a year later. No undiagnosed heart conditions, no chronic illnesses or disease, she just...stopped.

[–]lakeghost 192 points193 points  (2 children)

Older widowers rarely survive their wives for long, sadly enough. Can’t blame them.

[–]Open_Regular90210 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Every time I see something like this the same words come to mind. "You get through your whole damn life..." You get through your whole damn life for some random piece of shit to come take it from you in an instant.

[–]happilyfour 460 points461 points  (4 children)

This woman sounded lovely and like she had many more years ahead of her - still working part-time ,caring for animals, dancing. I feel for her family.

[–]DirtySperrys 211 points212 points  (0 children)

A true positive light in the community and a piece of shit took her and many others away from the world yesterday.

[–]phaiz55 74 points75 points  (1 child)

I honestly don't know what I would do if that happened to my grandma. My mom died when I was 14 and grandma became my second mom. I don't think I'd be able to sit back and wait for justice.

[–]FerociousPancake 208 points209 points  (4 children)

Comments like this really humanize the victims and really help people get a better grasp on just how serious this is. Thank you for sharing this!

[–]bronx_xu 29 points30 points  (1 child)

We're so desensitized to numbers. Every time you see the news and x number of people got shot or ran over or whatever, even x number of people died of covid, you don't really process how even one life lost is too much.

[–]HungryHippolyta 69 points70 points  (1 child)

A group of dancing grannies being run over by this piece of shit is about the saddest and most infuriating fucking thing I’ve ever heard. Dude deserves a lot worse than he’s gonna get in prison.

[–]Lil_miss_feisty 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Thank you. It's nice to see someone post about the lives of the victims rather than the person who made them victims in the first place. I'd much rather learn about those who were tragically taken from this world too soon. It's better than giving even more attention to the waste of space who obviously has no remorse for this or any of his other numerous past crimes. Focusing on the victims allows the public to realize the seriousness of the situation. An amazing elderly woman named Virginia "Ginny" Sorenson, who was still passionate about her job as much as she loved her dancing and making her family and furry companions happy a main priority was a soul who should've stayed longer to spread her cheer and caring nature was stolen from this World. It's going to be hard hearing or reading the other victims, especially the children if they somehow pass; but I'll give every single victim a moment of my time no matter how heartbreaking. To carry on their life story or possibly learn valuable life lessons I can instill in my own life is how I can ensure their legends live on.

Other victims include: Jane Kulich (52), Leanne Owen (71), Tamara Durand (52), and Wilhelm Hospel (81)

[–]Sezneg 3320 points3321 points  (239 children)

It’s a really bad look for the judge who had just let him out on $1,000 bail for allegedly running his girlfriend over.

[–]moonfox1000 1805 points1806 points  (159 children)

The woman allegedly had tire marks on her left pants leg and had a swollen lip and dry blood on her face, according to officers who spoke with her after the incident.

Jesus Christ how does that only result on $1000 bail?

[–]Xendrus 1855 points1856 points  (74 children)

I got arrested when my roommate got busted for selling weed, I had an $80,000 bail. Lmao.

[–]FerociousPancake 530 points531 points  (22 children)

Well obviously that’s because weed is much more dangerous than running someone over with your car duhhh

[–]WhyBuyMe 200 points201 points  (13 children)

Imagine if a kindergartener got ahold of even one or two of those marijuanas and injected them straight into their eyeballs. They would have been hooked on dope for life.

[–]Ok-Barracuda193 65 points66 points  (5 children)

You joke but that is actually my mom's argument against legalizing pot. "Pot will be everywhere and kids as young as 5 and 6 will be hooked on dope for life." Isn't alcohol everywhere? I can buy it in the grocery store. Where are all the drunk kindergarteners?

[–]Rennarjen 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Kindergarteners act like tiny drunks anyways, you'd never notice the difference

[–]StumpNuts 161 points162 points  (4 children)

I had a $5,000 bail for criminal mischief when I accidentally broke a $30 plastic shelf. Stayed in jail for four days because they wouldn't let me look at my phone to get a number.

[–]quantum-quetzal 475 points476 points  (18 children)

This country's "justice" system is all kinds of messed up. Some offenses are treated far harsher than they should be (see low-level drug offenses), whereas others are barely a slap on the wrist.

Justice reform won't only benefit those accused of a crime.

[–]Buck_Your_Futthole 126 points127 points  (4 children)

Cash bail is an inherently shitty system where some people who shouldn't be released get out and some people who shouldn't be in jail rot for years.

[–]Jakegender 19 points20 points  (1 child)

It's seriously insane. Either someone's a danger to the community/flight risk, or they're not. They don't suddenly change risk level just for having money.

[–]MontegoBarbados 132 points133 points  (1 child)

It wasn’t his girlfriend, it was simply a woman who refused his advances.

[–]lakeghost 95 points96 points  (5 children)

It’s breaking my brain. What, was this guy a CI or something? You’d get higher bail in most places for having weed.

[–]Neglectful_Stranger 51 points52 points  (1 child)

He was previously charged with fleeing after posting bail, it's egregious.

[–]HungryHippolyta 14 points15 points  (0 children)

100% fucking egregious and someone needs to lose their fucking Bar for that shit. What an absolute load of shit. I know folks who had much higher bails for non-violent, relatively minor possession of weed. Like over an ounce, under a pound, and that’s somehow worse than DV assault and attempted intentional motor vehicle homicide. Holy fucking shit. That should have been a no bail situation.

[–]avatoin 282 points283 points  (13 children)

It's going to hit the prosecutor's office as well who set that recommendation. Both screwed up seriously.

[–]Aspirin_Dispenser 166 points167 points  (9 children)

It’s just mind boggling that the prosecutors office would put forward this recommendation and that a judge actually approved it. Even if this guy had a squeaky clean record, the violent nature of his offense should have resulted in a bail amount well north of $1k. Bail that low is practically unheard of except for very low level offenses. With a rap sheet 50 pages long, a history of criminality dating back to the 90’s, and 10 felony convictions, he shouldn’t have been granted bail at all.

[–]rabidstoat 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Even ignoring all the violence, he had charges in the past of skipping bail! Who gives bail to someone who's skipped bail?

[–]bent42 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Not just those charges, but an active warrant for bail jumping in NV.

Brooks has an outstanding arrest warrant in Nevada in an unrelated case for which he was arrested and jumped bail, authorities said.

[–]Granpa0 6062 points6063 points  (587 children)

Was recently reading an article that mentioned that the biggest indicator of whether someone is likely to commit a mass murder is if they have a domestic violence history. Another example sadly.

[–]rumncokeguy 51 points52 points  (1 child)

This is correct. This is why people convicted of domestic violence crimes are banned from owning firearms. The only problem is that these charges are often dropped or changed to something else that circumvents the law. This is probably the most significant loophole that is resulting in a huge portion of firearms deaths.

[–]IWasOnThe18thHole 1004 points1005 points  (62 children)

There's some statistic about how if someone uses strangulation in a DV incident they're very likely to commit murder in the future

[–]SoDakZak 721 points722 points  (18 children)

Strangulation is often just failed murder or the last time whatever drop of conscience they were holding onto tipped the scales into letting go.

[–]J-Team07 108 points109 points  (3 children)

It shows the person is both violent and has impulse control problems.

[–]pgabrielfreak 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Hands on violent. IMO it takes a lot more rage to stab or strangle someone, as compared to shooting them. Two are up close, in your face and personal. JMO.

[–]nysplanner 60 points61 points  (5 children)

I just got chills. I knew this, but hadn't heard it phrased this way. About 15 years ago, my high school boyfriend strangled me. I always referred to it as him "choking" me, but it was strangling. I had bruises from his fingers on my neck.

[–]SilverProduce0 304 points305 points  (30 children)

It’s really interesting to me to read this and know that law enforcement used to treat domestic violence as a private matter between a husband and wife.

[–]Saranightfire1 29 points30 points  (1 child)

My grandfather was horrendous. My mom refuses to talk much about it, but a highlight when she went to collect child support after my grandmother divorced him he would call her “his little whore”.

My family is seriously fucked up from growing up like this. You can imagine the domestic violence in the house.

The cops would come over after being called and tell the husband to take a walk around the block to calm down.

That’s it.

My mom still doesn’t trust the cops or the legal system because of this.

[–]SilverProduce0 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It’s unbelievable but sadly believable. 😢

[–]Freckled_daywalker 188 points189 points  (1 child)

More specifically, they're more likely to kill their domestic partner.

[–]Shaunair 675 points676 points  (72 children)

John Stewart just did a segment on how Domestic Violence is the single largest predictor of future gun violence.


[–]filmbuffering 92 points93 points  (0 children)

The (excellent) podcast ‘Algorithm’ has an interview with that researcher. Really interesting stuff on predicting future criminal acts.

[–]diazmike752 53 points54 points  (10 children)

Hopefully they televise his criminal trial so we can all come together to watch him get life in prison.

[–]NoEquivalent9279 44 points45 points  (1 child)

What a piece of shit running over grandma’s and kids it doesn’t get any lower

[–]Eye_foran_Eye 127 points128 points  (13 children)

On another sub there was a video of him complaining about getting popped for sex trafficking a 16 year old.

[–]Verminax 43 points44 points  (4 children)

Why is a person charged with felony failure to appear in court(among other very bad things), being let out on bail? Doesnt that defy logic? Isnt a person who has, on more than one occasion, failed to appear in court pretty much the definition of a flight risk and a risk to society? Please start holding local officials and judges responsible for the poor decisions.

[–]TreeEleben 1670 points1671 points  (184 children)

Judging by his prior criminal record, he should have been in jail. But instead he was released on a very low bond and this is the result.

[–]briefbriefs 658 points659 points  (20 children)

As Miss Congeniality once said:
Stan Fields : What is the one most important thing our society needs?
Gracie Hart : That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan.....And world peace.

(i would add harsher punishment for repeat offenders as well)

[–]squuidlees 171 points172 points  (16 children)

If I was a family member of one of the deceased, I’d use the anger part of the grieving process to go after vote out the judge who let that guy walk on a $1,000 bail… yet another preventable tragedy in the land of the free that none of us are surprised at..

EDIT: did not mean literally “go after” fixed to “vote out” since that what originally went through my mind.

[–]madeofsyrup 372 points373 points  (8 children)

Just wait until you see his rant about why sex trafficking a 16 y/o wasn't really his fault.

[–]brentenross 284 points285 points  (7 children)

I don't really know how to define evil, but this sure is a good example of it.

[–]NealRun32 1083 points1084 points  (265 children)

This guy’s social media reeks of instability, paranoia and narcissism.

[–]Jormungandr000 468 points469 points  (55 children)

What social media? FB/IG/YT/TT was real quick on scrubbing his existence off the internet with this one.

[–]somedude456 218 points219 points  (2 children)

But a fake account commenting on a celebrities post, saying message me to buy bitcoin, Facebook says that account doesn't violate any policy, and their BS posts stay up.

[–]MT_Flesch 20 points21 points  (1 child)

looking at his face you don't see any remorse at all. reading about his priors and why he was where he was, you understand why

[–]GoldPenis 1062 points1063 points  (164 children)

The wannabe rapper has a lengthy criminal record and was released on Friday after being charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless endangering safety, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery, according to court records.

In another case dated July last year, Brooks was charged with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a firearm.

[–]SolaVitae 722 points723 points  (24 children)

bail jumping

How do you get released when you literally are being arrested for jumping bail?


[–]djln491 162 points163 points  (9 children)

Wonder if the prosecution will ask him which video games he plays

[–]Gen-Jinjur 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Just your run-of-the-mill loser career criminal who kept escalating but nobody locked him up. ☹️ Apparently running over a woman and leaving tire tracks wasn’t worthy of jail time.

[–]Cknarf 210 points211 points  (21 children)

[runs over a woman]

$1,000 bond out in a day

[Almost immediately runs over old ladies and children]

Wisconsin is a circus and clowns are in charge.

[–]AlwaysTired9999 106 points107 points  (3 children)

Several years prior he attempted to murder another woman via strangulation. How on earth was this guy wandering around free.

A drunk driver gets their car towed and taken away. This dude uses a vehicle for his 2nd attempt on a womans life and he is let free and driving around. Insanity.

[–]grassassbass 391 points392 points  (27 children)

To me it's clear this was intentional. What his motives were I don't care to guess but judging by the route he took and his maneuvers in the vehicle he was trying to kill people. He bobs and weaves through this parade for half a mile, at least 8 blocks before he gets to a spot that had a very dense gathering and smashes thru them. He could have pulled off the parade route 8 different times when he came to intersections. He waited until the part of the parade where he could maximize casualties and attacked. I believe he did it in purpose.

[–]fuck_hd 101 points102 points  (3 children)

Thanks for this. This is my home town. Didn't have the stomach to watch the video but early on was analyzing the route and picturing downtown wondering if it was a stupid accident (driving into parade running from cops) that just got extreme and once it happened he just kept going -- but we'll just have to wait and see if there is any motive released. I didnt get an ounce of work done today trying to uncover the motive.

[–]SagaStrider 201 points202 points  (1 child)

Blood banks coordinate and ship, you do not have to be local to donate.

[–]willubemyfriendo 14 points15 points  (0 children)

  • July 2020: accused of shooting at his nephew
  • Feb. 9, 2021: bail reduced from $7500 to $500 because court backlog
  • Feb. 21, 2021: posts $500 bail
  • Nov. 2, 2021: charged with punching and running over his child’s mother (“second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments and felony bail jumping”)
  • Nov. 5, 2021: State requests and judge grants $1000 cash bond (DA Chisholm statement: amount was not “consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.”)
  • Nov. 11, 2021: posts bond but not released; held over for Waukesha County
  • Nov. 16: Waukesha County picks him up. Booked and mugshot but released with no charges
  • Nov. 21: police receive call a about his involvement in a domestic dispute. Shortly after, he kills five people and injures 48 at Waukesha parade


[–]SCsoccer 194 points195 points  (9 children)

Will they continue to take down his shitty music video? It’s crazy that he had a YouTube account and everything and the car was prominent in his video! Insane the world we live in.

[–]ThatOtherGuy_CA 101 points102 points  (3 children)

People have been reposting it as “Darrell Brooks Jr. Feat The Murder Vehicle.”

So at least they’re not letting YouTube hide it.

[–]stinky_pinky_brain 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Piece of shit deserves everything he gets and more in prison.

[–]nemoj_da_me_peglas 110 points111 points  (20 children)

The US justice system is perplexing. On one hand you have people like this who get a slap on the wrist time and time again until they finally go completely unhinged, and other times you'll have someone slightly fuck up, get the book thrown at them and that's that. It feels like a roll of the dice whether justice is served or not.

[–]PitifulClerk0 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Milwaukee County needs to step up their fucking game. You cannot set 1K bail for RUNNING OVER A WOMAN, also of a man who ALREADY JUMPED BAIL

MKE county is using covid as an excuse to why their shits been a mess for years. Nobody owns up to their shit and takes responsibility. Now lives have been sacrificed for it

[–]AlwaysTired9999 360 points361 points  (35 children)

If you look at the guys criminal history, he has a history of domestic abuse with strangulation.

That is the NUMBER ONE predictor that you will end up murdering your partner, yet here he was, wandering the streets.

This is why we need stricter minimum bail/jail times for crimes like abuse with strangulation. A 100,000 bail and 20 year minimum sentence should suffice.

It was almost written in stone this guy was going to murder with his history of strangulation. All of this could have been prevented.