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Waukesha SUV Incident: What's True, False About Suspect Darrell Brooks

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We looked into online rumors surrounding the Waukesha parade fatalities suspect Darrell Brooks.
As of this writing, there isn't enough evidence to determine whether Brooks was fleeing from another crime when the parade incident occurred.

The Waukesha Police Department named Milwaukee resident Darrell E. Brooks, 39, as the suspect in the parade fatalities. Brooks is a registered sex offender, and was out on bail at the time the incident occurred.

In November 2021, rumors swirled online in the aftermath of a major incident in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in which an individual driving an SUV appeared to plow into crowds attending a Christmas parade, killing at least five people and injuring dozens.

On the evening of Nov. 21, police officers said they had a person of interest in custody. The day after the incident, on Nov. 22, Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson named him as Darrell E. Brooks, 39, a resident of Milwaukee, adding that authorities intended to charge him with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

In the hours after the incident, social media platforms were already rife with various claims about the background and past convictions of Brooks. Below, we analyze a selection of the most significant and widely shared rumors about the alleged Christmas parade assailant, in the 24 hours after the fatal incident. This collection may be updated, if and when further significant claims or conspiracies emerge.

Brooks Is Registered Sex Offender


An example of posts making this claim can be found here. In May 2006, prosecutors in Washoe County, Nevada, charged Brooks with one count of statutory sexual seduction, a felony defined in Nevada law as sexual intercourse or penetration "committed by a person 18 years of age or older with a person under the age of 16 years."

The details of the case were not immediately available. However, we do know that it…
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