January 22, 2022

White House holds firm on ending cash bail amid outrage over Waukesha attack

In the wake of the horrific Waukesha parade attack in which six were killed and roughly 50 were injured, allegedly by a man with a long criminal history and a recent arrest on charges of violent crime, the Biden administration has inexplicably doubled down on its quest to end the practice of cash bail in this country in the name of equity, as Fox News reports.

Though some might have anticipated a course correction from the White House in the aftermath of the events in which 39-year-old Darrell Brooks is is suspected of intentionally plowing into a Christmas parade just weeks after receiving a shockingly low $1,000 bond for allegedly running his girlfriend over with his car, such a adjustment was not on the cards.

As a White House official explained this week to Fox News, “Ending cash bail will not automatically put people charged with crimes on the streets. It just means that whether you get bail should be based on the threat you pose, and not how much money you have in your bank account,” adding, “There shouldn’t be a separate criminal justice system for wealthy Americans.”

Fox News noted that Brooks was well-known to the criminal justice system, with a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 1999, an active bail jumping warrant out of Nevada, and a very recent arrest for a violent encounter with a woman at a gas station after which he was released on a bond that local prosecutors have since admitted was “inappropriately low.”

However, the amount of Brooks’ bail in that incident is, sadly, unsurprising given the radical priorities of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, well-known for furthering a progressive agenda of criminal justice reforms akin to those urged by the White House that even he acknowledged would put dangerous offenders such as Brooks back on the street, as the New York Post reported.

Much like those in the Biden administration, Chisholm has long advocated for cash-bail reform measures, arguing that the traditional operation of such a system effectively criminalizes poverty.

Asked in the past whether the reforms he seeks would result in a heightened level of risk to public safety, Chisholm answered, “Is there going to be an individual I divert, or put into a treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen.”

Similarly, the White House has continued to contend that eliminating cash bail is a definitive step the government can take to fight back against race and gender disparities the administration believes still plague the criminal justice system and to “propel us toward a world with equal opportunity for all people,” even amid an unprecedented spike in violent crime since 2020, as Fox News notes.

If there is any remotely encouraging takeaway from the senseless slaughter in Waukesha, it is that Americans in increasing numbers are waking up to the sinister forces at work among far-left prosecutors like Chisholm – as well as those calling the shots at the White House – and will fight at the ballot box against the mortal threat they pose to public safety.

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