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DA: Overworked assistant set bail too low for parade suspect

Christmas Parade SUV
Posted at 5:35 PM, Dec 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 18:35:08-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County's top prosecutor says a young assistant in his office sought $1,000 bail for a man accused of driving through a Christmas parade because she was overworked and never saw his risk assessment.

Darrell Brooks Jr. posted bail in a domestic violence case on Nov. 19. Two days later he allegedly drove his SUV through the parade in suburban Waukesha, killing six people.

District Attorney John Chisholm told the county's judicial committee Thursday that there's no excuse for asking for such a low amount of bail. But he said the assistant was dealing with a heavy caseload and "made a mistake."

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