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Steven Brooks arrested for domestic battery, obstructing officer
Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:36PM
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Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested for the second time in less than a month early Sunday, this time on suspicion of physically attacking a female member and reaching for an officer’s weapon.


Brooks’ arrest came days after he took a three-week leave following his January 19 arrest. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Brooks allegedly threatened to shoot Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. He was charged with a felony count of intimidating a public officer with physical force and had his bail set at $100,000.


The 40-year-old North Las Vegas Democrat was “agitated” and refused to obey police officers’ orders when they responded to a report of a domestic dispute and found Brooks outside the home. He is accused of fighting with police and reaching for one of the officer’s weapons when they tried to arrest him.


Police spokesman Bill Cassell said the domestic dispute officers were responding to what happened inside the home, but he did not know the homeowner’s identity. Las Vegas police have a policy of not identifying the relationship of domestic dispute victims to suspects, Cassell said.


Brooks was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and obstructing a public officer. Bail was set at $4,000 and Brooks has an initial court appearance scheduled for Monday morning.


Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, who will chair the bipartisan panel, said Sunday that Brooks' arrests reflect ongoing concerns about his fitness to serve.


"It's unfortunate that these things are happening in Mr. Brooks' life, and I'm grateful no one was injured," he told The Associated Press. "I'm not a mental expert. But I would agree it has shown some signs that Mr. Brooks is dealing with problems that may distract from his ability to do the service he was elected to do."


Horne said he hopes the special committee can reach a decision "fairly quickly." The panel's choices range from no action to expelling Brooks from the Assembly.


Brooks easily won his second Assembly term by securing nearly 69 percent of the vote against his Republican opponent Len Marciano. Review-Journal


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