Fox News reported that it was an attempt at criminal bail reform that put Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. on the street at little to no cost, which ended in multiple deaths.
According to the report, which cited experts in criminal justice and law reform, the initiative has put multiple offenders back in out into the world, endangering communities around them.
Police have been burdened in major cities across the nation, including Milwaukee, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are facing understaffing and decreased confidence, as well as more criminals back on the streets.
Retired police sergeant and spokesperson for the National Police Association Betsy Brantner Smith pointed at “liberal prosecutors” as part of the overall problem:
“These extremely liberal prosecutors who want to talk about restorative justice, and what that means is is that we are putting the public in danger by trying to give these people too many opportunities to re-offend,” she said. “It’s incredibly frustrating for law enforcement, and it’s just absolutely dangerous for our communities.”
The spokesperson got straight to the point when she cited the Milwaukee prosecutor’s decision to put a bail of just $1,000 on Brooks who had a decade’s long criminal history and was on bail for a sex crime.
Brooks allegedly drove through a crowd of innocent people at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, resulting in the deaths of at least six and the injury of dozens more. According to the arresting officer the suspect was observed with “no emotion on his face.”
“When we arrest somebody, especially for a violent crime, and they’re out almost immediately and then they re-offend — that wears on the absolute soul of police officers,” Brantner Smith said.