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November 25, 2021

8-Year-Old Succumbs to Injuries From Christmas Parade Tragedy

In Wisconsin, an eight-year-old boy has succumbed to injuries sustained by a man driving his SUV into a Christmas parade, bringing the death toll to 6.

“This afternoon, our dear Jackson has sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away,” his GoFundMe page’s organizer, Alyssa Albro, wrote.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. The Associated Press reported that Brooks cried throughout his court hearing on Tuesday.

“The nature of this offense is shocking,” Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin Costello said.

Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper said additional charges related to the sixth casualty and the 62 people — many of them children — injured would come later this week or next.

Brooks was evading police when he plowed into the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday night, refusing to stop even after an officer fired three shots into the vehicle and another banged on the hood.

Within hours of the incident, five people were pronounced dead.

Brooks faces a life sentence if convicted. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 14.


Child is 6th death in Waukesha parade crash; suspect charged

November 24, 2021

Dem Resigns Over Controversial Comments About Christmas Parade Tragedy

In Illinois, the social media director of the Democratic Party of DuPage County resigned following controversial comments she made using the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal to mock the tragedy at the Christmas Parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

As of Tuesday, Mary Lemanski had also deleted her Twitter account entirely. Previously, Lemanski had posted an article about a driver who plowed an SUV into a Christmas parade, killing multiple people and injuring dozens more, along with the caption, “It was probably just self-defense.”

Evidently, Lemanski was using the tragedy to mock Rittenhouse’s self-defense argument.

“Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened,” Lemanski reportedly wrote in a separate post. According to Fox News, Lemanski describes herself as a student with the famed Second City comedy institution.

“The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens, even the children,” she wrote.

“You reap what you sow, Wisconsin,” she tweeted.

Fox News saved screenshots of the tweets before Lemanski deleted her account.

The DuPage Democrats wrote a statement on their Twitter page regarding the matter.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Waukesha,” they wrote. “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,” they added.


Illinois Dem Mary Lemanski, who used Rittenhouse case to mock Waukesha tragedy on Twitter, has resigned

November 23, 2021

Christmas Parade Massacre Suspect Was Out on ‘Inappropriately Low’ Bond

A man driving an SUV barreled through police barricades and into a crowd of people marching in a Christmas parade on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens of others, including children.

The suspect, Darrell Brooks, should have been behind bars at the time of the attack, but he was released on an “inappropriately low” bond days before, the state district attorney admitted Monday.

Brooks, 39, was out on a $1,000 cash bond after allegedly punching the mother of his child and purposefully running her “over with his vehicle” in a gas station parking lot on Nov. 2. Police arrested and charged him later that day with resisting or obstructing an officer, recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, bail jumping, and battery.

On Monday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office said it had launched an internal probe into how Brooks received such a low bond given both the seriousness of his charges and his criminal history.

“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 DA’s office said in the statement. “The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.”

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson revealed Monday that Brooks had been involved in a domestic disturbance just minutes before the Christmas parade attack.

Police said Brooks will be charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Police: Parade-crash suspect was in a domestic disturbance

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