Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. says he feels ‘demonized’ – National

The man, who is accused of driving his SUV through a Christmas parade in the suburb of Milwaukee, killing six people and injuring dozens, said Wednesday that he feels he is being “demonized.”

Darrell Brooks Jr., in an interview with Fox News from Waukesha County Jail, offered no details about a possible motive.

“I just feel like I’m a monster – demonized,” Brooks said according to the Fox report.

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According to a criminal complaint, Brooks drove his SUV into the parade in Waukesha on November 21st.

Witnesses said he swung and appeared to be deliberately trying to hit people. He was arrested minutes later as he stood on the porch of a nearby house asking the landlord to help him call for a ride.

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Police said he had fled the scene of a domestic riot as he turned into the parade, though officers did not pursue him at the time. He has been charged with six counts of first-degree premeditated murder.

Brooks’ mother, Dawn Woods, issued a letter Wednesday offering condolences to the victims.

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She said her son has long suffered from mental health issues, and after he grew up, he lacked the insurance and finances to continue his medication and counseling, which led to him committing crimes.

“Mental illness is real and the system is broken, it can and must be fixed NOW, not next year or with new legislation NOW. As many as Darrell, who have fallen through the cracks due to a broken system that no one bothered to tackle, can get the help they so desperately need, “Woods wrote in the letter, which was first obtained by WDJT-TV.

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At the time of the crash, Brooks was out of $ 1,000 bail in a case in Milwaukee County where he is accused of intentionally beating a woman with his car. He was charged in that case on November 5th.

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He is also charged in another 2020 Milwaukee County case, in which he is charged with shooting at his nephew and another person.

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