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White House stands by push to end cash bail in wake of Waukesha parade attack

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The White House is standing by its push to end cash bail – saying the choice to maintain defendants needs to be based mostly on the menace they pose to society, not their skill to pay bail.

The subject of cash bail insurance policies has come into the highlight this week after 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly plowed by a crowd of harmless individuals attending a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six individuals, together with an 8-year-old boy, and injuring dozens extra.

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“Ending cash bail will not automatically put people charged with crimes on the streets,” a White House official informed Fox News. “It just means that whether you get bail should be based on the threat you pose, and not how much money you have in your bank account.”

“There shouldn’t be a separate criminal justice system for wealthy Americans,” the official added.

“Ultimately though, this was a decision made by local courts,” the official mentioned, referring to Milwaukee county prosecutors releasing Brooks on bail.

Brooks had an in depth felony historical past courting again to 1999, together with a number of felonies. A convicted intercourse offender, Brooks posted bail twice in Wisconsin this year – regardless of having an energetic warrant for leaping bail on a intercourse crime cost in Nevada.

Earlier this month, Milwaukee prosecutors requested simply $1,000 bail for Brooks after he was arrested and charged for punching his girlfriend in the face after which working her over along with his automobile in a fuel station parking zone. Prosecutors now admit that bail was “inappropriately low.”

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Brooks’ felony historical past ranges from a number of firearms and battery convictions and strangulation to intercourse offenses and drug fees on a 50-page rap sheet that spans three states.

Last month, the White House launched a 42-page report entitled “National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality,” which referred to as for working “to end cash bail and reform our pretrial system.”

The White House mentioned the elimination of cash bail is one step governments can take to fight gender and race disparities.

The calls to end cash bail come as FBI knowledge reveals an unprecedented rise in violent crime, with numbers of murders in the U.S. rising by practically 30% in 2020 – representing the biggest single-year improve recorded because the FBI started monitoring the statistic.

The general violent crime rate, which additionally contains assault, theft and rape, rose 5% in 2020 in contrast to 2019.

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A letter from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris included in the report final month argues that the reforms are wanted to promote equality, saying that America has “never fully lived up to” the concept that “every one of us is equal in dignity and deserves to be treated equally.”

Biden delivers remarks on the White House campus, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Washington.

Biden delivers remarks on the White House campus, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“This strategy outlines an ambitious agenda for this administration and those to come – a roadmap to help our nation close pernicious gender gaps and propel us toward a world with equal opportunity for all people,” the letter reads. “Ensuring that all people have the opportunity to live up to their full potential, regardless of gender identity or other factors, is not only a moral imperative. It is a strategic imperative.”

Biden reacted to the attack, saying the complete neighborhood of Waukesha is “struggling to cope with horrific acts of violence.” 

The president mentioned households gathered on the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday for “the start of the season of hope,” however mentioned that “hope and spirit is going to lift up the victims of the tragedy.” 

A memorial at Veterans Park for the victims of Sunday's deadly Christmas parade crash in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

A memorial at Veterans Park for the victims of Sunday’s lethal Christmas parade crash in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

“My administration is monitoring the situation very closely,” the president mentioned Monday. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the White House “is in close touch with local officials to offer any support and assistance needed.” 

“Our hearts are with the families and the entire community,” she mentioned. 

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report. 

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