Assemblyman Brooks sent to hospital for evaluation

Embattled Assemblyman Steven Brooks has had yet another encounter with authorities, this time with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Police on Friday afternoon reported they responded to a domestic disturbance an address on Westcliff Drive in Las Vegas.

Legislative Police, who had been providing dignitary protection to Brooks, called Las Vegas police in response to what was called "bizarre behavior."

Brooks was not arrested.

"When officers arrived it was determined that an arrest was not warranted, however due to Mr. Brooks exhibiting erratic behavior the officers felt it was in the best interest of Mr. Brooks to have a medical evaluation performed to prevent harm to himself or others," the police said in a press release.

Brooks was released to the custody of medical responders, police reported.


Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow is denying reports that embattled Assemblyman Steven Brooks threatened to harm Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, contrary to reports from the North Las Vegas Police Department. Brooks was arrested Saturday for the alleged threat.

A lengthy press release from Barlow attorney states, "there is now reason to believe that no such threat was ever made."

The press release also blames North Las Vegas Police Chief Victor Dunn for, "a great deal of rank speculation and misinformation" provided to the press and public.


CARSON CITY – Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick jokingly mimicked Assemblyman Steven Brooks’ "Jesus-on-the-cross" photo that appeared in Friday’s Review-Journal.

She then said she hopes he will take a few days off and get some help instead of showing up at the Legislature on Feb. 4, the first day of the 2013 session.

"Mister Brooks said he was ill," said Kirkpatrick, D-Las Vegas, following a morning Interim Finance Committee meeting in the Legislature. "Maybe he will take some time off. I hope he feels better."

But Kirkpatrick said there is no move to block Brooks, D-Las Vegas, from taking his seat when the Legislature opens.

He was arrested Saturday on felony charges on allegations that he threatened her. And he has continued to make bizarre comments all week, including in a Thursday Review-Journal interview.

Kirkpatrick said she feels protected in Carson City and "has a great family at home."

She said the Legislature needs to get past the Brooks matter and concentrate on state matters.

"I am not concerned; we need to move on," she said. "We are spending too much time on this and need to move on."

Rick Combs, administrator of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, said he is "very confident" that Kirkpatrick and everyone else in the Legislative Building will be protected during the session.

"We have 29 sworn officers," he said. "They ought to be able to protect this building."


North Las Vegas police said Friday they are investigating Assemblyman Steven Brooks for multiple incidents in which police were called to his neighborhood, most stemming from spats Brooks had with neighbors.

Brooks was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of intimidating a public officer by threat of physical violence.

Sgt. Tim Bedwell said all the incidents, about 10 in the past year, will be reviewed as part of the larger investigation into the threats against Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

None of the incidents with neighbors resulted in arrests or citations.

"We’re reexamining every contact with him," Bedwell said. "Most of these have to do with neighbor incidents."

Bedwell said prior to police learning about threats against Kirkpatrick Saturday, Brooks called police and told them his bank card was taken by a man who took out more money than authorized. The man also took some of Brooks’ property, he claimed.

Bedwell said that police report won’t be released because of an ongoing investigation.

Brooks also told investigators Saturday he was beat up by a female neighbor. He declined to prosecute and no report was made, but Brooks’ claim is being investigated, Bedwell said.

Later Saturday, police learned of alleged threats Brooks made against Kirkpatrick. His car was stopped in northeast Las Vegas and police found a gun and ammunition in the vehicle.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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