President Joe Biden broke his silence on Monday over the deadly incident during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday.
Five people were killed and 40 injured after an SUV crashed into a crowd of people celebrating the parade.
The president commented on the tragedy during a White House event announcing his choices to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
“An entire community is fighting, struggling to face the horrific act of violence,” Biden said of the Waukesha community.
Biden called Waukesha’s 59th annual Christmas parade a “Wisconsin holiday parade” and lamented the five lives lost in the incident.
Police arrested Darrell E. Brooks Jr. in connection with the violent incident, who was released on $ 1,000 bail on Nov. 16 despite a history of violent crime, including “two counts of felony in the second degree endangering the safety of others with a dangerous weapon. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A statement released Monday by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office said the bail was “inappropriate” for Brooks.
The president acknowledged that all the facts and details of the investigation into the case were not complete, but offered prayers for the victims.
Last night, the people of Waukesha gathered to celebrate the start of a season of hope, solidarity and Thanksgiving. This morning Jill and I and the whole Biden family and I am sure we all pray that this same spirit will embrace and lift up all the victims of this tragedy, comfort those who are recovering from their wounds and envelop the families of those who are. dead to support their community.
Biden commended first responders, medics and emergency room personnel who responded to the incident and said he was in contact with state and local authorities about the response.
“My administration is monitoring this situation very closely,” he concluded.