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Media blasted for referring to Waukesha parade attack as 'crash'

Media attacked for calling Waukesha attack on parade a ‘crash’


Many people are questioning the media’s recent decision to call a Waukesha man who allegedly drove through Waukesha with a group of people as a crash “crash”.

The Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office announced that Darrell Brooks, Suspect, was arrested last week for five counts of first degree intentional homicide. Brooks was accused of driving through Christmas parade-goers in his SUV. Prosecutions have announced additional charges, which are currently in the midst of being filed after the report of a sixth victim.

Numerous injuries were also reported on the spot.


However, when CBS and CBS reporter David Begnaud reported these charges, many were shocked by how CBS referred to the alleged act of Begnaud as a crash.

Although most of the backlash emerged after CBS’ report on the charges, many other mainstream media outlets also notably referred to the events on Sunday as a “crash.”

PBS previously wrote “Waukesha parade crash devastates holiday favorites ‘Dancing Grannies.’” USA Today repeatedly wrote about the “Waukesha parade crash” going so far as to label Brooks as the “Waukesha parade crash suspect.” Newsweek reported the tragic news, also under the headline “Waukesha Christmas Parade Crash”.

Brooks was indicted with intentional homicide. Brooks continued to refer to the Waukesha tragedy “crash”.

NPR covered Brooks’ hearing, with the headline “Man accused in Waukesha Parade Crash made his first court appearance.”

WAUKESHA, WI - NOVEMBER 22: People hold candles during a vigil in Cutler Park on November 22, 2021 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Five people were killed and several injured after Darrell Brooks, Jr. drove an SUV through a holiday parade route on November 21st. The vigil is being held at Cutler Park, near the crime scene, to honor the victims. (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)

CNN reported the allegations in an article entitled “A sixth victim died following the fatal Waukesha Christmas Parade crash,” according to prosecutors. HuffPo’s coverage read “Suspect In Deadly Waukesha Parade Crash Charged With Intentional Homicide.” The Associated Press reported that a child died in Waukesha’s parade accident. A suspect was also charged.

The pattern continued with ABC, Yahoo, and Time Magazine all referring to the horrific incident, even after Brooks’ charges were announced, as a “crash.”

Jonathan Lemire, Chief of the Politico White House Bureau, tweeted: “Prosecutor – 6th person, a children, died in deadly Wisconsin parade accident.”

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman also promoted both Lemire’s and Begnaud’s tweets on her account.

Although police officers have ruled out the tragedy being an act of domestic terrorism, investigators have not yet attributed a motive to Brooks’ actions. Initial reports suggested Brooks fled a crime scene. However, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said that Brooks did not flee.

Prosecutors have also announced an investigation into Brooks’ previous jail release earlier this month on $1000 bail after a woman accused him of running over her with his car. Brooks, who was accused of shooting his nephew, was released on $500 bail in February.

Many people criticize the bail recommendation, which led Brooks to return to the streets after a long rap sheet.

“The state’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” District Attorney John Chisholm’s office said in a statement. “The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime.”

Darrell Brooks has been released on cash bail at $5million. A hearing is scheduled for January 14.



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