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8-year-old injured in Waukesha parade dies

Darrell Brooks, center, in court in Waukesha, Wis., on Tuesday Associated Press/Photo by Mark Hoffman/ Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

8-year-old injured in Waukesha parade dies

Jackson Sparks became the sixth person to die after an SUV plowed through a crowd at a Wisconsin city’s Christmas parade on Sunday. The count of people hurt in the incident has risen to more than 60 and includes Tucker Sparks, Jackson’s 12-year-old brother.

Who could do such a thing? Darrell Brooks Jr. appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges of five counts of intentional homicide, each of which could carry a life sentence. Prosecutors said more charges are coming later this week or next. He is accused of speeding into the parade route even as police tried to stop him. One officer fired a gun at the vehicle, and another stood in front of it and pounded on the hood at one point, but Brooks drove away from him. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses told police that the vehicle “appeared to be intentionally moving side to side,” with no attempt to slow down or stop.  Brooks had been free on $1,000 bail for a case in Milwaukee County earlier in November in which he’s accused of intentionally striking a woman with his car.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is editor of WORLD Digital. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.



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The 800 pound gorilla in the living room of our criminal justice and judicial system is: why was the driver even still out on the streets as a free man? One must similarly ask the question about those who attacked Rittenhouse and forfeited their own lives. Bail in most places seems to be set by the DA office. Perhaps the time has arrived that we now have more folks sitting in on that decision. Those making that decision should be informed of at least the last 5 years of the accused prior offenses and convictions


I hope we see the depravity of wokism here where failure to secure justice has consequences. This is why I stand up to this evil ideology which elevates race above common sense. These dead people are dead because of wokism. Let us never forget it. Ideas have consequences and we need to fight against bad ideas!


What we really need is a legal system truly "color blind" as liberals demanded in the 60s, though not any more

My Two Cents

I know a man in my church who is a criminal defense attorney. I was talking to him once about his chosen specialty. He said simply that everyone needs a representative in court. I pray for Mr. Brooks’ legal representative. I pray that person is a man of God who understands sin and salvation. As Christians, we understand the sin nature, and that all of us deserve death. I hope Mr. Brooks can see the depth of his depravity and the deep, deep love of Jesus.