Hours after the horrifying Christmas parade massacre in Waukesha, Wisconsin, disturbing details about the suspect are emerging.
On Sunday afternoon around 4:40, a red SUV plowed into the crowd watching the annual parade. The entire attack was caught on video. Police opened fire on the vehicle in an attempt to stop it; no bystanders were injured by the shots. The SUV was later found five blocks away.
Five people have died with dozens more injured. Among the injured are eighteen children. Several of the victims were members of the Dancing Grannies group from Milwaukee, who appear in the Waukesha parade each year.
Darrell Brooks, a 39-year-old with an extensive criminal record, has been taken into custody by police, who say he was the driver of the SUV. The mainstream media is not sharing key details about the suspect, including his mugshot.
Brooks, who is black, is an amateur rapper known as MathBoi Fly whose tracks include one entitled “F*** Donald Trump.” The SUV used in Sunday’s attack can be seen in the background of one of his music videos. His social media posts praised Adolf Hitler, expressed black nationalist anti-Semitic views, and shared details about how to run people over. Additionally, Brooks posted anti-police sentiments and supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
Social Media Clues
Other Brooks tweets and Facebook posts – under his rapper handle – call for violence against white people and police. Waukesha, Wisconsin is in a majority white county that voted to re-elect President Donald Trump by nearly 60 percent.
Brooks is a sex offender who has been previously charged with domestic abuse. He is facing charges including recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, battery, bail jumping, and resisting or obstructing an officer in connection with a crime committed earlier this month. He also has felony charges for possessing a firearm while convicted of a felony in a case from last year. His criminal record dates back to 1999. Brooks may have been fleeing another crime scene on Sunday evening.
Reports indicate Brooks was released on $1,000 bail on Friday, November 19, having been charged with battery, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, and bail jumping. On Monday morning, the Milwaukee County District Attorney said Brooks should not have been released on such a low bond. An internal investigation is ongoing.
Early reports indicated there were other people in the car with Brooks, information that has not been confirmed by police.
A law enforcement press conference is scheduled for 1pm CST today.
Rebecca Horvath is an editor and writer for NRN. For nearly a decade, Horvath wrote a regular Community Voices column for the Johnson City Press, where she was known to ruffle a few feathers. In 2018, she began writing for the National Federation of Republican Women, interviewing and profiling candidates such as Sen. Martha McSally and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. Horvath also contributes to Net3d.home.blog.