In a 2007 interview regarding his push for reducing cash bail for arrestees, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm told reporters “Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into a treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill sombody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen, but it does not invalidate the overall approach.” Rebecca Rosenberg and Michael Ruiz of Fox News report that this statement, and Chisholm’s success at implementing what one prosecutor call “the most lenient bail in all of Wisconsin,” has come back to haunt him in the aftermath of massacre at the Waukesha Christmas parade on November 21. The suspect, habitual violent felon Darrell Brooks, was released in Milwaukee on $1,000 bail two weeks after his November 2nd arrest for running over his ex-girlfriend. The the woman, the mother of Brooks’ child, was hospitalized with dislocated femur and fractured right ankle.
As widely reported, six people have died as the result of Brooks driving through the parade in his SUV, including an eight-year-old boy. 62 others remain injured, many severely. The defense attorney who represented Brooks for numerous prior offenses is refusing to represent him now and, in the face of calls for his resignation, Chisholm has launch an investigation into why Brooks was set free on low bail. But there was nothing unusual in the low bail Brooks received. It was local policy. Milwaukee serial bank robber Omarion Jones was arrested on September 23 in the getaway car fleeing a credit union robbery. Jones, an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, and released on September 28. His charges were later upgraded to robbery and he was rearrested in a stolen car on November 10. He was out on $1,000 bail a week later. The story reports on other repeat felons in Chisholm’s jurisdiction arrested on firearms and assault charges who were released on low or no bail who went on to commit additional crimes.
In Los Angeles, a habitual felon who gained early release from prison in September, has been arrested for murdering liberal black philanthropist Jacqueline Avant after breaking into her Beverly Hills estate. Isabel Vincent, Michael Kaplan and Dana Kennedy of the New York Post report that the murder suspect, Aariel Maynor, was caught after the murder while burglarizing another home in nearby Hollywood. The head of the Los Angeles Police Protective League told reporters that putting Maynor back on the streets under progressive District Attorney George Gascon’s policies is par for the course. He told reporters “Bad guys are released quicker than we can finish the paper work, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg…..With this guy’s history, with prison priors, he absolutely should still be in jail.” According to the Post story, crime in wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods is no longer unusual.
Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said that liberal justice reform policies spurred by groups such as Black Lives Matter and Governor Gavin Newsom have made it increasingly difficult for police to do their jobs. “The criminals know they can do whatever they want,” said Stainbrook. “Then multiply that by all of the prisoners released from jail because of the coronavirus and the no-bail and it’s a nightmare and very frustrating from our end of it.”
Activist groups, along with celebrities such as Prod Pitt, John Legend and Jay Z famously supported Proposition 47, which reduced grand theft felonies to misdemeanors arguing African Americans were unfairly targeted for years and that they would help save the state tens of millions in incarceration fees for petty criminals. DA Gascon, who co-authored the initiative, said in a recent speech “Our rush to incarcerate generations of kids of color,” has torn apart “the social fabric of our communities. The status quo hasn’t made us safe.”
The takeaways from all of this are : 1) activist groups and progressive politicians are pushing an agenda more important to them than the lives of innocent people 2) celebrities are, like children, easily fooled and 3) even the wealthy supporters of righteous-sounding progressive reforms are not truly safe from their consequences.
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