Shame on Judge Milton Childs Crime Cannot Be Deterred Without Consequences
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan January 9, 2020
Second degree recklessly endangering safety
Fleeing and eluding the police
Felon in possession of a firearm
Possession of THC with intent to deliver
These are only recent highlights from the list of offenses committed by Mr. Imari Brown, a 27 year-old man who, by his record, has brought a great deal of harm to this community. Most recently he was arrested after driving down Hampton Avenue at speeds approaching 80 miles per hour, occasionally on the wrong side of the road. He struck multiple vehicles before abandoning his car in which was later found drugs, a digital scale, and a firearm.
And this was no first-time offender. Mr. Brown has a list of crimes and resulting incarcerations dating back to his undiscoverable juvenile years. Most of his crimes involve the same sorts of activity for which he was most recently arrested.
But Judge Milton Childs, a recent appointee of Gov. Tony Evers, somehow saw things differently. He handed down to Mr. Brown a stayed sentence and three years’ probation. This wouldn’t be plausible if it were fiction.
What deterrence is this? What nonsense is this? What message does this send to this City about how serious we really are in our promises to do whatever we can to keep our residents safe? I want to commend WISN radio hosts Dan O’Donnell and Mark Belling for doing the digging on this and making it public.
I sincerely hope that Mr. Brown does not offend again. If, however, he does, and the consequences are tragic, we will no longer be free to wonder how such a thing could have happened. We will know those responsible and Mr. Brown will only be one of them.
And, Judge Childs, you owe this community an explanation.
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