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Wisconsin senators ask people to cease using deadly Waukesha incident for political purposes

The two senators from Wisconsin issued a bipartisan statement commanding people to cease using the recent Waukesha incident for political purposes.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) issued a joint statement on Saturday demanding that people quit making last week’s Waukesha Christmas parade incident political. “It has come to our attention that outside individuals or groups may attempt to exploit the tragedy that occurred last Sunday in Waukesha for their own political purposes,” they wrote. “As the U.S. Senators representing Wisconsin, one from each political party, we are asking anyone considering such action to cease and desist.”

The two lauded local law enforcement officials, saying, “We have full confidence in the local officials who responded with extraordinary professionalism, competence, integrity and compassion. They have many difficult duties to perform in the coming days, weeks, and months, and they should be afforded the respect and support they deserve to undertake their responsibilities without outside interference.”

They also suggested ways people can help the community and said, “We ask everyone to demonstrate their interest and concern by praying for the victims, their families, and the entire community of Waukesha.”

Last week, Darrell Brooks, 39, was arrested in connection to the incident. He was out on bail from an arrest in early November at the time. He is believed to have driven through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six and injuring dozens. Brooks will be charged with several intentional first-degree homicide charges. 

The statement coming from the two, who are part of differing political parties, is rare. It is unclear who they believe is exploiting the event for political purposes.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEWSWEEK

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