Headline RoundupNovember 26th, 2021

Police Say Waukesha Christmas Parade Attack Was Intentional

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A police officer who witnessed the Wisconsin Christmas parade attack Sunday evening believes suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. carried out an "intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible," according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Brooks, who's being charged with five counts of intentional homicide, drove his red Ford Escape SUV into a crowd of people and injured a total of 62 people. The officer reported that he observed the vehicle driving in a zig-zag-like pattern and then saw "bodies and objects were flying from the area of the vehicle." Legal experts are estimating that Brooks could face a lifetime prison sentence if the court can prove the intentional homicide charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Right-rated outlets were more likely to label the incident at the Waukesha Christmas parade as an "attack" from the start, while left-and-center rated outlets initially used the terms "tragedy" and "accident" until more details were revealed. Some right-rated voices framed the incident as an example of a Black BLM supporter carrying out an attack on white people in response to the Kyle Rittenhouse trial results, alluding to the possibility of a "revolution" in Wisconsin. Left-and-center rated outlets were more likely to include a statement from Brooks' attorneys that said "it’s essential that we not rush to judgment."

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