The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel yesterday released the names of several people charged as a result of last Friday night’s shootings near the Deer District. Milwaukee officials are bewildered that violent, repeat offenders they release keep committing violent crimes.
Otis Green, 28, has a previous conviction for operating a car without the owner’s consent, and has a pending illegal gun possession case that was charged last summer. According to Fox6, Green had been released on a $1,500 signature bond.
Jeremiah Fraylon, 20, has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and bail jumping. He has a pending misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct case related to domestic violence. A bench warrant had been issued in July 2021 after he failed to appear in court.
“The charges filed in the aftermath of last week’s shootings highlight the ineptitude of failed D.A. John Chisholm and the Milwaukee County judicial system,” said Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Pewaukee). “People accused of a violent crime just have to sign a piece of paper promising to come back to court. And when they fail to come back to court, law enforcement agencies do not have the time and resources to find them. The cruelest hypocrisy of all is when the charges relate to gun crimes, those are the first charges dismissed as part of a plea agreement. What good would it do for the legislature to pass even tougher gun crime laws? They’ll just be dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Failed D.A. John Chisholm and Mayor Cavalier Johnson have no plans to protect innocent life.
The excuse legislators hear is that the Wisconsin Constitution limits the authority of judges and court commissioners to set bail for anything more than assuring the defendant’s appearance in court. I’m committed to seeing AJR 107, that lets judges consider past convictions for violent crime when setting bail, become a part of the state constitution. It’s reasonable to set high bail when a violent offender continues to commit violent crimes.”