In what many are describing as a mockery of justice, Darrell Brooks who is charged with driving an SUV into a crowd gathered for a Christmas parade on Nov. 21, 2021, killing six and injuring 60 people, has been allowed to represent himself and cross-examine victims of that tragic event.
Brooks initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but after medical assessments, his public defender withdrew the plea last month. Per Brook’s request, Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow allowed the defendant to represent himself at his trial, which began last week.
Brooks was dismissed from the court last week after repeated disruptions and outbursts — which included failing to respond to his name, speaking over prosecutors and questioning the judge’s jurisdiction over him as he is a “sovereign citizen.”
This week, Brooks appears to be attempting to cast doubt on what happened at the parade event or on who was driving the vehicle that ran over dozens in the crowd. However, numerous video accounts leave no question on those issues.
Brooks’ objection to the prosecution team showing video of the incident in court was overruled by Dorow.
Some suggest the strange court proceedings subject those traumatized by the event to undue stress and mental anguish.
Victim Alyssa Gajewski testified that she “blacked out” when members of her dance team were struck by the SUV. Gajewski testified that before she “blacked out” she saw bodies flying through the air, and when she came to a few moments later, she saw the children lying in the street.
One of the children she saw was Vivian Yourell, 7, who was lying on the road in the fetal position. Both Gajewski and Yourell were taken to the hospital in the same vehicle.
Gajewski added that she saw other members of her dance team at the hospital and held the hand of a young girl that kept going in and out of consciousness.
Amid the emotional testimony, Brooks questioned:
“In regards to your dance team, did you observe anyone that was struck,” Brooks asked on cross-examination.
Gajewski repeated that she did not because it happened very quickly and she momentarily “blacked out.”
Hoping to exploit the fact that Gajewski did not see the driver of the car or the first person impacted, Brooks continued:
“So at that point, it would be fair to say that you didn’t know if the people on the ground or in the air or whatnot were in fact struck by a vehicle?” Brooks asked.
A distressed Gajewski replied: “Well I did know it was the vehicle because I turned around and I saw the vehicle coming towards them and then I think I blacked out until they were in the air or on the ground.”
Gajewski added that though she did not see the moment of impact, she did hear what was happening.
The prosecution is expected to conclude presenting their case by the end of this week.
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