Democrat Leader Facing Removal After Calls From Republicans

( Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are calling for the removal of the top prosecutor in Milwaukee because of his recommendation of extremely low bail for the main who eventually killed six people when he plowed his car into a Christmas parade.

Earlier this week, more than a dozen GOP state lawmakers urged Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, to remove John Chisholm from his position of district attorney in Milwaukee County. Chisholm, who’s also a Democrat, recommended bail of $1,000 in a separate case for the man who would later drive his SUV through a packed parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on November 21.

Darrell Brooks Jr., the suspect in those cases, posted the $1,000 bail, and then five days later, killed one child and five adults, while injuring approximately 60 others, when he drove his SUV through the parade route.

Since the parade incident, calls for Chisholm’s removal have gotten quite loud, though the district attorney has refused to resign from his post.

Evers didn’t call for the district attorney to resign, but he did say last week that Brooks “should not have been out on bail.”

Commenting on the situation recently, Chisholm said that the low bail recommendation for Brooks was made by an assistant district attorney in the Milwaukee County DA’s office who has been in that position for two and a half years.

The assistant DA was handling a jury trial as well as 24 additional felony cases at the time that Brooks’ case came up and fell on her lap. Chisholm also added that the assistant DA — whom he didn’t name — didn’t have access to the risk assessment that was conducted on Brooks, only because staffers hadn’t yet uploaded into the DA’s system.

A group of 16 GOP state lawmakers representing the area around Waukesha sent a letter to Evers asking him to “immediately” remove Chisholm from his post. The letter, which was signed by Chris Kapenga, the state Senate president, said Chisholm neglected the duty he’s supposed to uphold for Wisconsin residents.

One of the issues in this instance is that Wisconsin’s governor can only remove a district attorney if a local taxpayer ends up bringing a written, specific allegation against the person who holds the office. However, none of the state lawmakers who signed the letter this week live in that county.

As of now, Evers’ office hasn’t received a verified complaint from a qualified taxpayer that asks for Chisholm to be removed from his office, according to Britt Cudaback, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office.

If such a letter is received, though, Cudaback said Evers could only take formal action once a formal investigation was completed, and only if that investigation found the Chisholm was guilty of “inefficiency, neglect of duty, official misconduct or malfeasance in office.”

While he hasn’t called for Chisholm to resign as of yet, Evers has requested that the district attorney conduct an internal review on the matter, which is currently being done.