Milwaukee County Court officials reported that an error led them not to record audio of a man’s bail hearing before he drove his vehicle during a Christmas parade, killing six people.
Court officials said they discovered that the hearing audio was missing after reporters requested a copy, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Court administrator Holly Szablewski explained that a digital audiovisual system used to broadcast court proceedings during the pandemic was not properly integrated with an older audio system. The audio of the court proceedings was not recorded for four days due to the error.
Darrell Brooks Jr. posted $ 1,000 bail five days before prosecutors say he drove his SUV down the crowded parade road in Waukesha on November 21, killing five adults and a child and injuring about 60 others. people.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, has come under heavy criticism for the bail recommendation in a domestic violence case. He called his office’s bail recommendation “weakly weak” given the circumstances of the crimes Brooks faced and his track record.