In his first prison interview since his arrest, Darrell Brooks Jr. said he believed he was “demonized” and treated like a “monster” after police said he mowed down at least 60 people , killing six people, during the Waukesha Christmas Parade. massacre.
Brooks spoke briefly to Fox News on Wednesday. The outlet describes Brooks as “soft-spoken”. Brooks did not provide further details on a motive.
“I just feel like I’m a monster – demonized,” Brooks told Fox News, adding that he felt like he had been “dehumanized”.
“Brooks seemed calm, lucid and took the time to answer each question, sometimes even repeating reporters’ questions and answers,” wrote Michael Ruiz and Stephanie Pagones.
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The two Fox News reporters were the first visitors Brooks received. He did not receive visits from members of his family. Brooks’ mother Dawn Woods released a statement to numerous media on Wednesday criticizing the criminal justice system for failing Brooks.
She spoke in the statement about Brooks’ mental health issues and offered her condolences to the families of the victims.
Brooks said he was “very” close to his mother. He has not spoken to any families since the parade attack, but they did speak earlier today, he said.
After the interview, reporters describe the sound of sobs coming through the speakers.
Prosecutors charged Brooks with six counts of first degree intentional homicide. He is being held on $ 5 million cash bond and faces life in prison if convicted on any of the charges.
Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or DBentley1@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DrakeBentleyMJS.
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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Waukesha Christmas Parade suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. speaks to Fox