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Suspected Waukesha Murderer Was Assessed Top Risk For Violence, Was Released By Leftist DA Anyway
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New documents reveal that the suspect charged with murdering six people, including an eight-year-old child, by barreling his SUV into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin was assessed a top risk for having an elevated risk of violence to the public and should have been flagged as, yet he was released by the leftist DA anyway.

The document, titled “Milwaukee County Pretrial Risk Assessment Report” from the Milwaukee County’s Sheriff’s Office and dated November 5, listed the “Risk Indicators Scores” for the suspect as FTA (failure to appear) =4, NCA (new criminal activity)=6, and NCVA (new violent criminal activity) =Yes.

“The PSA calculates a raw score for each of the outcomes. Scores for NCA and FTA are converted to separate scales of one to six, with higher scores indicating a greater level of risk. The raw score for NVCA is used to determine whether the defendant should be flagged as posing an elevated risk of violence,” the Arnold Foundation explains.

The risk factors at the bottom of the document regarding the suspect included:

  1. Age at current arrest: 23 or older.
  2. Current violent offense: Yes. 2a: Current violent offense and 20 years old or younger: No.
  3. Pending charge at the time of the offense: Yes.
  4. Prior misdemeanor conviction: Yes.
  5. Prior felony conviction: (lists four cases) 5a: Prior conviction: Yes.
  6. Prior violent conviction: 3 or more (lists two cases)
  7. Prior failure to appear in the last two years: 0
  8. Prior failure to appear older than two years: Yes
  9. Prior sentence to incarceration: Yes

“The PSA uses administrative data to produce two risk scores about a defendant: one predicting the likelihood that the individual will commit a new crime if released pending trial, and another predicting the likelihood that they will fail to return for a future court hearing. Scores fall on a scale of one to six, with higher scores indicating a greater level of risk. The PSA also flags defendants that it calculates present an elevated risk of committing a violent crime,” Arnold Ventures explained.

“The Public Safety Assessment (PSA) is in use by ten counties,” The Wisconsin Supreme Court noted in 2020. “Additional counties expressed interest in implementing the PSA. The PSA applies nine factors to assess the likelihood of pretrial success, including: age at current arrest, current violent offense, pending charge at the time of arrest, prior misdemeanor conviction, prior felony conviction, prior violent conviction, prior failure to appear in the past two years, prior failure to appear older than two years, and prior sentence to incarceration.”

The Daily Wire reported last week:

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s decision to push for an “inappropriately low” bail allowed a convicted criminal accused of additional felonies to walk free days before he allegedly deliberately drove an SUV through a crowded parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The driver is a 39-year-old black male out on bail after allegedly running over a woman he had a child with, according to police. Counting the charges filed Monday after the parade attack, the alleged driver is now facing three separate criminal cases involving felony acts of violence. Since 1999, he has been convicted of battery and consensual sex with a minor and faced a series of other charges including battery, drug charges, and resisting law enforcement.

The suspect, whom The Daily Wire has decided not to name, was released from jail last week after posting a $1,000 bail set by a judge on a recommendation from Chisholm’s office. Chisholm admitted Monday that the bail recommendation was “inappropriately low” considering the risk factors and charges the alleged driver was facing at the time.

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