Some 80 groups joined the parade, many returning from the previous year. This year’s them was “Peace on Earth” and featured various symbols of those who were affected by the violence, including angel wing decorations, and signs that read “Waukesha Strong.” The parade lasted 90 minutes after beginning at 4 p.m.
Health Hearts of Wisconsin remained on standby during the parade, offering support for those still grieving the loss of lives. Mayor Shawn N. Reilly also promised increased security at the event.
Suspect Darrell Brooks was continuously disruptive throughout his trial. The suspect, who acted as his own attorney, would frequently interrupt the prosecutors and Judge Jennifer Dorow and become combative. Brooks’ repeated outbursts became a hallmark of the trial, with the suspect being forcibly removed from the courtroom on a regular basis.
After being found guilty by the jury of all 76 charges brought against him, Dorow sentenced Brooks to six life sentences without the possibility of extended supervision. He has since filed a notice of intent to appeal.