Brooks removed from court minutes into Waukesha parade trial after several interruptions
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks has been removed from the courtroom by Judge Jennifer Dorow minutes into his trial after he interrupted her multiple times.
Dorow was attempting to get through procedural notes before the jury was called into the courtroom when she made the decision to remove Brooks, as she has done in the days leading up to the trial during the jury selection process.
Brooks, who is defending himself in the case, will still be allowed to participate in the trial virtually but will have his microphone muted when it is not his turn to speak.
Brooks appeared wearing orange jail clothing in the courtroom, rather than the suit the court had provided him during the jury selection process. Dorow was attempting to note that fact for the record and was urging Brooks to return to his cell and change before the jury was called into the room so he did not appear to be in custody for the trial, to which Brooks refused.
“Who doesn’t know that I’m in custody?” Brooks asked Dorow.
Brooks was going to be allowed to remain in jail clothes for the trial, but continued to interrupt Dorow before he was ultimately removed.
Once he was put into another room, the video feed showed Brooks taking his shirt off while continuing to yell and gesture, but no audio coming through the feed because his microphone as muted.
Despite Brooks’ actions Thursday morning, prosecutors argued they still believe Brooks is mentally stable and fit to stand trial, based on court documents he’s filed and the phone calls he has made from jail, which have all been recorded.
“Anyone who doubts his competency has no involvement in this case,” they said. “These actions are deliberate and intentional and they have escalated.”
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