In his first jailhouse interview since being taken into custody, Darrell Brooks Jr. said he believes he is being “demonized” and treated like a “monster” after police say he mowed down at least 60 people, killing six, during the Waukesha Christmas Parade massacre.
Brooks spoke to Fox News briefly Wednesday. The media outlet refers to Brooks as “soft-spoken.” Brooks did not provide any more details about a motive.
“I just feel like I’m being monster — demonized,” Brooks told Fox News, adding that he feels he’s been “dehumanized.”
“Brooks appeared calm, lucid and took time to answer each question — even repeating reporters’ questions and answers at times,” wrote Michael Ruiz and Stephanie Pagones.
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The two Fox News reporters were the first visitors Brooks received. He has not received a visit from family members. Brooks’ mother Dawn Woods released a statement earlier Wednesday to numerous media outlets criticizing the criminal justice system for failing Brooks.
She spoke in the statement about Brooks’ struggles with mental health and offered condolences to the victims’ families.
Brooks said he was “very” close with his mother. He hasn’t spoken to any family since the parade attack but they talked earlier that day, he said.
Following the interview, reporters describe the sound of sobbing through the speakers.
Prosecutors have charged Brooks with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He is being held on $5 million cash bail and faces up to life in prison if convicted on any of the counts.
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