MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow failed to mention career criminal Darrell Brooks during Waukesha parade attack segment

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made a peculiar decision on Monday when dedicating an entire segment to the horrific Waukesha Christmas parade: She made no reference to Darrell E. Brooks Jr., the career criminal who is accused of killing multiple people by plowing through the crowd.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Monday afternoon that he would refer five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, in addition to other charges, against Brooks to the district attorney's office. Hours later, "The Rachel Maddow Show" covered the tragedy but failed to inform viewers about the suspect or his lengthy criminal history dating back to 1999 that includes numerous violent felonies. She never mentioned Brooks by name, only referring to him as "the suspect" and MSNBC didn’t put his mugshot on screen during the segment, either.

Maddow, who opened her show with the latest on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, took a quick shot at gun owners by noting hate mail she receives from them is often misspelled before eventually moving on to the Christmas parade.

"Today, of course, all eyes have been on Waukesha, Wisconsin, where [Sunday] afternoon a just unthinkable crime took life, after life, after life at a holiday parade … by now you know the basics of what happened. A red SUV inexplicably sped into the parade route and then directly into people marching into the parade and people watching it on the sidewalk," Maddow said. "As of this hour, five people are dead and an unbelievable 48 people are injured including many, many kids."

Maddow then played video of Dr. Amy Drendel from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin explaining aftermath of the devastating mass casualty event.

"Tonight, as vigils are underway in Wisconsin for those killed and injured, as we are expecti... (Read more)