KEY POINTS

  • The rapper had been charged with domestic abuse and felony bail jumping prior to the parade incident
  • Brooks was previously accused of shooting at his nephew
  • The DA's office is now investigating how he was given a low bond given his criminal history

Darrell Edward Brooks, the man arrested over the deadly Christmas parade attack that left at least 5 dead and 40 injured, was an amateur rapper who posted his music online.

Brooks, who goes by the name Mathboi Fly, previously uploaded his music on his personal YouTube channel. The same vehicle he used in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack, a red Ford Escape, can be seen in his music videos.

His profile has since been taken down from the platform following his arrest. 

The rapper, 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide for driving his red SUV into the Christmas parade marchers, killing at least five people and leaving more than 40 injured. Authorities say Brooks acted alone and said the incident was not a “terrorist event.”

At the time of the incident, Brooks was out on a low cash bail of $1,000 after he was accused of punching the mother of his child and running her over with his vehicle on Nov. 2. Prosecutors charged him with 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments and felony bail jumping. 

Court records also showed Brooks was on bail after shooting at his nephew in July 2020. The initial cash bail for his 2020 case was set at $10,000 before it was reduced to $7,500 and later to $500, according to WISN

"Because another jury trial was in progress before the same court, the defendant’s demand for a speedy jury trial could not be met. The case was adjourned and bail reduced to $500, which the defendant posted on February 21, 2021,” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement.

 

When Brooks attended a hearing on Nov. 5 for the domestic abuse charges, prosecutors recommended a $1,000 cash bond despite his criminal history. The county’s District Attorney’s Office said it had launched an investigation into how the rapper was given a low bond given the seriousness of the charges. 

“This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this matter in order to determine the appropriate next steps,” Chisholm said in the official statement.

A red SUV is seen speeding through the holiday parade crowd in the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin via a video screen shot taken from the city's Facebook live streaming on November 21, 2021 A red SUV is seen speeding through the holiday parade crowd in the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin via a video screen shot taken from the city's Facebook live streaming on November 21, 2021 Photo: City of Waukesha via AFP