MILWAUKEE — In his first jailhouse interview since being taken into custody, Darrell Brooks Jr. said he believes he is being “demonized” and treated like a “monster” after police say he mowed down at least 60 people, killing six, during the Waukesha Christmas parade last month. 

Fox News interviewed Brooks briefly on Wednesday. Brooks has been described as being “soft-spoken” by the media outlet. Brooks declined to provide additional details regarding a motive. 

“I just feel like I’m being monster — demonized,” Brooks told Fox News, adding that he feels he’s been “dehumanized.” 

“Brooks appeared calm, lucid and took time to answer each question — even repeating reporters’ questions and answers at times,” wrote Michael Ruiz and Stephanie Pagones.

Brooks first received visits from the Fox News reporters. Brooks has yet to receive a visit from his family. Brooks’ mother Dawn Woods released a statement earlier Wednesday to numerous media outlets criticizing the criminal justice system for failing Brooks.

“Mental illness is real and the system is broken it can and must be fixed NOW, not next year or with a new legislation NOW. So many like Darrell that have fallen through the cracks because of a broken system that no one cared to address, can get the help they so desperately need,” Woods wrote in the letter, first obtained by WDJT-TV.

Brooks stated that he is “very” close to his mother. Brooks said he has not spoken with any relatives since the parade attack, but that they had talked earlier in the day.

After the interview is over, the reporters will describe what it sounds like to sob through speakers. 

Brooks has been charged by the prosecution with six counts in first-degree intentional murder. Brooks, who is now being held under $5million cash bail, faces life imprisonment if convicted of any one or more of these charges.

He’s also a defendant in another Milwaukee County case from 2020 in which he’s charged with shooting at his nephew and another person.

Contributing to The Associated Press

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