Wisconsin Lawmakers Want Prosecutor Removed Over Low Bail for Suspect in Parade Deaths

State lawmakers in Wisconsin want Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm removed from office over his office's $1,000 bail recommendation for a previous domestic violence case for the suspect in the parade deaths.

Darrell Brooks Jr. was out on bail at the time of the parade crash for a separate case in Milwaukee County. He was previously charged on November 5 for allegedly running over the mother of his child with his vehicle on purpose, the Associated Press reported.

Sixteen Republican state lawmakers asked Governor Tony Evers to remove Chisholm from office "immediately" over the bail amount even though Chisholm said last week the bail offer made by his office was "inappropriately low."

Evers agreed last week that Brooks "should not have been released on bail," he said.

However, the governor cannot remove a district attorney from office unless a local resident from Milwaukee County makes an official written allegation against Chisholm, the AP reported. None of the lawmakers who are asking for his removal live in the county.

The low bail recommendation was made by an assistant district attorney who was working on a jury trial and two dozen felony cases at the time.

While out on bail for the alleged domestic violence incident, Brooks allegedly drove his vehicle through a Christmas parade killing six people, including a child, and injuring at least 60 others.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin,  Darrell Brooks
Darell Brooks Jr. was out on bail at the time of the parade crash for a domestic violence case in Milwaukee County. He was previously charged on November 5 for allegedly running over the mother of his child with his vehicle on purpose. Above, Darrell Brooks (C) appears at Waukesha County Court on November 23, 2021, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Mark Hoffman-Pool/Getty Images

Evers' spokeswoman, Britt Cudaback, said the governor had yet to receive a verified complaint from a local taxpayer calling on Chisholm to be removed. If a valid one is received, the governor can only take action following an investigation if the district attorney is found to be guilty of "inefficiency, neglect of duty, official misconduct or malfeasance in office."

Chisholm said the assistant district attorney, who had been on the job for two-and-a-half years, never had access to Brooks' risk assessment because it hadn't been uploaded into the office's system.

Chisholm said he was doing an internal review, which the governor had also requested be done.

Chisholm has refused to relent to the increasing calls for him to resign. He didn't immediately respond to messages left Monday seeking comment on the letter GOP lawmakers sent to Evers.

State lawmakers who represent the Waukesha area said Chisholm has neglected his duty to the people of Wisconsin.

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers
More than a dozen Republican Wisconsin state lawmakers on December 6, 2021, called on Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to remove Milwaukee County's top prosecutor because his office recommended $1,000 bail for a man before he allegedly drove his vehicle through a Christmas parade, killing six people. Above, Evers speaks at Cumberland Elementary School on July 8, 2021, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Scott Bauer, File/AP Photo