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Let Our Lights Shine:  Yesterday, there was a tragic event that occurred during the Waukesha Holiday Parade. The community of Waukesha is full of loving people who will not succumb to the darkness. 

Let Our Lights Shine

Yesterday at sunset darkness fell upon Waukesha, and evil reared its ugly head during the joy-filled holiday parade.

The community of Waukesha is full of loving people who will not succumb to the darkness.


While we mourn those who were lost and pray for those who were injured, we will show our love for each other in thousands of ways. We will let our lights shine, and the light will pierce the darkness.


I call on everyone in the greater Waukesha community to turn on a light at 4 PM today and let it shine through the night until daybreak. It could be a front porch light, a back patio light, a hall light, any light you choose, but together let’s make it clear that evil has no place in our community.


For those that are able and so inclined I encourage you to walk Main Street with your cell phone flashlight shining sometime this evening, Monday, November 22nd, after dusk.


Prayer is powerful, so I ask you to pray.

 

Here is a link to the City of Waukesha Press Conference from today as well.

 

No criminal punishment can heal the hearts of the families whose loved ones have been so cruelly taken from them.


It is the duty of policy makers to provide a set of laws and systems that provide for swift and fair justice while protecting the safety of the public.  A system that has a bent for “fairness” at the expense of public safety is a system that allows for too many victims.  This appears to be the case with the senseless crime that occured in Waukesha at the Holiday Parade.


A day after a horrific crime that killed five and injured 40 people, we’ve learned that the suspect had a lengthy criminal record. On Friday, he posted just $1,000 bond in a criminal case that included domestic abuse and felony bail jumping.  At the time of the Parade homicides, the suspect was allegedly fleeing from the scene of another domestic incident.


The soft-on-crime Milwaukee County politicians and judges should be ashamed. They are, in part, culpable for the suffering and mourning today in Waukesha, and have shown an utter disregard for community safety.  Their flawed interpretation of what reasonable bail is seems willfully ignorant of the State Constitution, bail statutes. and human behavior.  Milwaukee County District Attorney Chisholm has now admitted that the bail was “inappropriately low,” and his office is conducting an internal review.  


In 2017, I chaired the Constitution and Ethics Committee as it heard Assembly Joint Resolution 93, a constitutional amendment which would have modified how courts could consider bail.  While its application may have been unnecessary here, it would have given the Courts clearer flexibility in how they handle bail.  That resolution cleared the Assembly and died in the Senate.  


In 2019, the same bill authors brought a pared-down version of AJR 93 with Assembly Joint Resolution 107.  That would have made bail merely a presumption, with the legislature empowered to specify conditions while guaranteeing the constitutional right to bail.  Unfortunately, that version failed to clear even the Assembly Committee.  


Also in 2017, I co authored Assembly Bill 642, which would have allowed Courts to revoke bail of a person accused of a subsequent crime.  The Senate failed to take up the bill.


Court commissioners and judges routinely fail to set bail at what seems like appropriate levels.  We have seen time and again people released on bail in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties who have gone on to kill and injure innocent people.  When will it end?  What human toll has to be paid before we say “ENOUGH!”?


The person in custody is presumed innocent.  He deserves a fair trial and a just punishment for the evil wrought on our community.  Even so,  Christ calls us to forgive, not just for the sake of those who wronged us, but for our sake as well.  I pray our community can dispense both justice and forgiveness for those who have trespassed against us.