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With heavy police presence, Brooks arrives at Legislature


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Assemblyman Steven Brooks is seen on the third day of the 2011 legislative session Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Carson City.

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.

Assemblyman Steven Brooks, accused of threatening to "do in" the Democratic leader of the Assembly, arrived in Carson City with a heavy police presence today, spending less than an hour holed up with legislative police and staff before leaving the Legislature.

Brooks, carrying a cane, wearing dark sunglasses and covering his head with a beige hood, was whisked by police into the Legislative Building and ushered into a closed conference room on the first floor of the building. As legislative staff attempted to divert reporters, Brooks was escorted out of the building after his meeting with police.

Brooks uttered a muffled "No comment," before flashing the peace sign to pursuing reporters.

Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Rick Combs said Brooks, a Democrat, arrived in Carson City to make housing arrangements for the legislative session, which begins Feb. 4.

Brooks did not attempt to attend the budget hearing on the fourth floor, avoiding a potentially tense meeting with Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who Brooks is accused of threatening. Both Brooks and Kirkpatrick sit on the Ways and Means Committee, which is tasked with reviewing Gov. Sandoval's proposed budget.

"We are working with him to get those (living) arrangements made," Combs said. "Once those arrangements are made he plans to go back to Las Vegas. He is not feeling well. He is sick. I'm not aware of what his medical conditions are, he just isn't feeling well and isn't able to participate in the pre-session hearings."

When he arrived, Brooks was followed by a police officer pushing a wheelchair.

In another twist to the emerging story, the Las Vegas Township Constable's Office sent a deputy with Brooks to provide him personal protection while in Carson City. Constable John Bonaventura has a political rivalry with Kirkpatrick, who is sponsoring legislation to change how the constable's office governed. Bonaventura has been a controversial figure who proposed a reality television show based on his office.

Brooks' lawyer Mitchell Posin confirmed the constable's office offered Brooks personal protection.

"I haven't heard of it either, but this is apparently something they do," Posin said. "It was offered."

Brooks had earlier sought protection from legislative police, worried that a fugitive gang member was after him. Posin said the constable was there to protect him from both gang members and Kirkpatrick.

"Very likely both," Posin said when asked from whom Brooks needed protection.

Later Posin called a reporter to clarify that he didn't believe Kirpatrick posed a specific threat to Brooks, rather that Brooks needed protection because of the overall situation.

Legislative police picked Brooks up from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and drove him to Carson City. Combs said legislative police did not prevent Brooks from attending the budget hearing, nor did Brooks request access to the room.

Brooks was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of threatening a public official. Police found revolver and 41 rounds of ammunition in his car.

Brooks has declared his innocence, but has offered not explanation for what occurred Saturday. He faces a court hearing on Monday in Las Vegas.

This story has been edited to correct the name of Brooks’ lawyer.

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  1. So let me get this straight - all these public resources are being used because someone said they heard someone else say they heard this guy say he was going to do someone in?

    I haven't read anything that this guy has actually made a direct threat to someone to place them in imminent fear of physical harm.

    In fact, the "corroborated evidence" that detectives spoke about - never materialized. There was no shootout and the guy never shot himself - alleged threats made by this guy. In fact, the arrest doesn't show that this guy did anything to place anyone in danger.

    I find it hard to believe that any prosecutor would, in their right mind, think they can convict someone for saying they are going to "do in" someone.

    Maybe this will teach him a lesson that he shouldn't jump on the gun totting bandwagon.

    If any prosecution it should be for the weapon. That will bring out all these 2nd amendment chicken hawks.

  2. "I find it hard to believe that any prosecutor would, in their right mind, think they can convict someone for saying they are going to "do in" someone."

    Whoa? Let anyone say that to you about your wife or kids and lets see if you sing a different tune!

  3. "Mr. Brooks, why not do the right and honourable thing and just simply resign effective immediately and get the help you need."

    RobRB -- assuming for the sake of argument what he's accused of is true, that's up to the legislature and his constituents, not you.

    "If any prosecution it should be for the weapon. That will bring out all these 2nd amendment chicken hawks."

    unlv -- what exactly is one those?

    "Show me the man and I'll find you the crime." -- Lavrentiy Beria, chief of the Soviet security and secret police under Stalin

  4. He broke the law
    and Obama should tell him to go to jail.
    We do not need violence from these Democrats....
    he needs to be put away for a long long time given the anti-gun stance of the country.
    Democrats - liberals
    Why do you hate America so much with your poor legislators in office like this man?
    he does not represent us
    he is just a bad punk and needs to feel the justice of the American criminal system,
    Furthermore the Las Vegas Sun should put in their headline that he is a Democrat.

  5. What is so odd about this

    Its a Democrat accused of wanting to do in a fellow Democrat

    We need Obama to weigh in on this one immeditaely....
    but he won't

  6. Democrats are too violent. Scary folks. Dems should be prevented from owning guns.

  7. lovestohike,

    What has Obama got to do with a NV State Assembly member, or NV gun laws?

    Wouldn't Governor Sandoval be the appropriate person to take action or weigh in on a State issue, or the NV Attorney General?

    I'm not sure about whether there is an issue about Brooks having a gun in his car since open carry is generally permitted in Nevada. However, for open carry in a vehicle, the firearm must be clearly visible if upon the person.

    If he just left the gun in an unattended car, visible or not, I don't know if that is against NV state law. Commonsense tells me that leaving a gun in an unattended car, in visible sight of people passing by would be against the law, but I could be wrong. Perhaps it wasn't visible, but in an unattended car is the issue.

    It seems Brooks might be charged on the gun in the car, if it violates NV law.

    'Do in' could have multiple meanings, just like when someone says 'I'm going to kill him' as an expression of anger or frustration, without actual intent to carry that out.

    Words have many implications and reflect on the people who use them, no matter who or where they are spoken or written.