We are learning more about the perpetrator of the Waukesha massacre, including his arrest for battery in Fulton County, Georgia:
Police say the man accused of plowing into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin and killing six people was arrested in Union City earlier this year.
Police say Darrell E. Brooks, 39, drove his SUV through a parade in Waukesha last weekend. Five adults and an 8-year-old boy were killed and at least 60 other people were injured.
Brooks has been charged with five counts of intentional homicide, and prosecutors are expected to file a sixth charge.
A witness told police he heard Brooks hitting his girlfriend through the wall. The witness said he confronted Brooks, who then called the police and claimed the witness was harassing the couple.
Police were able to determine that Brooks was the aggressor and that his girlfriend had injuries consistent with domestic abuse.
Brooks was taken to the East Point Jail. It’s unclear what happened to the case after that or if Brooks was convicted of anything.
The New York Post did a deep dive on Brooks that found “his life of crime started 22 years ago when he was just 17 years old.” Among other charges, “in July 2020, he fired a gun at his nephew during a fight over a cellphone,” and police “found Brooks with a stolen Beretta 9mm handgun and a clear plastic baggie with three multi-colored methamphetamine pills inside.” Considering that Brooks was already a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing a firearm, you might think this incident would have resulted in a long prison sentence. Instead, “he was released in February 2021 on a $500 bail,” which is when he went to Georgia and was busted for beating his girlfriend in a motel about 10 miles from the Atlanta airport. With charges pending in Georgia — where officials apparently didn’t realize Brooks was wanted in Nevada for violating terms of his release as a convicted sex offender — Brooks returned to Milwaukee, where he soon committed further violence:
Brooks allegedly accosted the woman and knocked her cellphone out of her hand and then went after her in his Ford Escape when she fled.
He caught up with her at a BP gas station about a half mile from the motel and demanded she get in his car, court records allege. When she refused, he struck her in the face and then ran her over with his car, leaving the woman with “swelling to her lip and dry blood on her face” and “tire tracks on her left pants leg,” police said.
The ex-girlfriend later told cops that Brooks had allegedly threatened to kill her on multiple occasions, had previously tried to choke her and was jealous and controlling, according to police reports obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Brooks denied the allegations and suggested to police the woman made them up because she was drunk.
He ended up being charged with recklessly endangering safety, bail jumping, battery and disorderly conduct in the incident but was given an “inappropriately low” bail of $1,000, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm later said, leaving him free to wreak havoc on the Christmas parade about three weeks later.
So here is the timeline:
- July 2020: Fires gun at nephew in Milwaukee.
- February 2021: Released on $500 bail.
- May 2021: Arrested for battery in Georgia.
- November 2, 2021: Runs over girlfriend in Milwaukee.
- November 19, 2021: Released on $1,000 bail.
On the day of his murderous rampage, Nov. 22, was again engaged in domestic violence, attacking an ex-girlfriend in Waukesha. She was seen “running away from him with a black eye just moments before the carnage unfolded.” Before police could respond to that attack, Brooks had fled the scene, and ignored officers who tried to stop him as he plowed through the parade route, killing six people and injuring dozens more.