Crime Fundraiser for Waukesha Parade Suspect Darrell Brooks Removed From GoFundMe Platform
SUV driver in parade crash may have been fleeing a crime
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether the SUV driver who plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40, was fleeing a crime, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant on Sunday, giving way to screams and scenes of crumpled bodies as the SUV sped through barricades and struck dancers, musicians and others. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those killed. © Provided by Associated Press Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis.
GoFundMe quickly took down a crowdfunding campaign set up to raise $5 million to bail out Waukesha, Wisconsin, parade suspect Darrell Brooks.
Brooks, 39,his SUV through a crowded holiday parade in Waukesha over the weekend—resulting in six deaths and . He was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and bail was set at $5 million. Shortly later, someone claiming to know Brooks personally set up the crowdfunding campaign.
At least 20 people injured after SUV slammed into Wisconsin Christmas parade, authorities say
An SUV sped into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, leaving at least 20 people injured, authorities said Sunday. Your browser does not support this video Police in Waukesha, located about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, were urging people to avoid the downtown area. Mayor Shawn Reilly told WITI in Milwaukee that he does not believe there is any current danger to the public. Videos posted to social media, including a live feed of the parade operated by the City of Waukesha, show a red SUV breaking through barriers and speeding into the roadway where the parade was taking place.
A GoFundMe spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek in a Thursday email that the fundraiser had been taken down before any money had been contributed. "The fundraiser organizer has also been banned from using the GoFundMe platform for any future fundraisers," the spokesperson explained.
"Fundraisers with misuse are very rare, and we take all complaints very seriously. Our team works with law enforcement to report issues and assists them in any investigations they deem necessary," the spokesperson added.
"Immediately following news reports, GoFundMe mobilized its crisis response team and began monitoring the platform for fundraisers related to this event."
The person who started the crowdfunding campaign, which was first reported by Law Enforcement Today on Tuesday, said there name was James Norton. The individual said they knew Brooks personally and argued that he was being mistreated by the justice system.
'Mama, are you OK?' In Waukesha, minutes of terror recounted
Hours before it started, they were already there — people sitting on lawn chairs or wrapped in blankets, awaiting an event the city's mayor described as straight out of Norman Rockwell. The Waukesha Christmas Parade, a tradition in its Milwaukee suburb for six decades, was to be particularly special this time around after its pandemic-related cancellation last year. Stepping off a few blocks to the east, parade participants were in the holiday spirit, too. Members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a crowd favorite on the Wisconsin parade circuit, donned white fur hats and waved white pompoms as they danced down Main Street to “Jingle Bell Rock.
"As someone who knows Darrell personally I can tell you that he would NEVER do such a thing and I know he is innocent of what he was charged with," Norton wrote. He continued, saying that Brooks could become "another black man behind bars in a purely political and racist trial."
"There is no excuse for this continued treatment of black Americans by prosecutors around the country, everyone must be presumed innocent until proven guilty and we ask that he be treated equally as anyone else in this country would be treated and he should be released until found guilty," Norton wrote.
Brooks was actually already out of jail after posting $1,000 bail. The suspect had been arrested earlier in November for allegedly attempting to run over his child's mother with a vehicle at a gas station. Many havethat Brooks was able to get out of jail with a relatively low bail—allowing him to then go and wreak havoc on the Waukesha parade.
Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks told judge he couldn't pay child support because he ‘was getting incarcerated'
Waukesha Christmas parade suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. divulged details of his life, criticized the mother of one of his children and implied that he was unable to pay child support because he kept “getting incarcerated” in a letter sent to a Wisconsin judge in 2011 pertaining to one of the paternity cases, Fox News has learned. Brooks, 39, sent two letters to court officials over the course of two years in connection with the child support case for one of his children. In the first letter, he asked for one "more shot" and complained that he was being treated unfairly.
Although five people initially died after the vehicle crashed through a weekend parade, a sixth victim died due to his injuries on Tuesday. That victim was 8-year-old Jackson Sparks who was hospitalized after the incident, but he succumbed to brain injuries he suffered from the attack.
Separately, a GoFundMe campaign for the Sparks family has garnered nearly $420,000. The families' other 12-year-old son Tucker Sparks remains hospitalized with a fractured skull.
Waukesha parade suspect faces multiple life sentences regardless of motive if convicted .
Darrell Brooks Jr., the Milwaukee man accused of mowing down Waukesha’s Christmas parade packed, has a violent past and had made anti-White and anti-Semitic Facebook posts before the social media giant took down his page last week. But even as Waukesha police quickly ruled out terror as a motive and have spoken little of his social media accounts, Brooks faces a half-dozen possible sentences of life in prison if convicted on six charges of first-degree intentional homicide.