Friday, March 29, 2013
Black politician crime: Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks has been arrested in California on charges including resisting arrest and throwing objects, just hours after state lawmakers took the unprecedented step of expelling him
Jail records show that Barstow police arrested Brooks, 41, on Interstate 15 at Stoddard Wells. "We had started to discuss possible next steps," Mitchell Posin, Brooks' attorney, said. "Next thing I know, I heard about this." Records show that Brooks was taken to a San Bernardino County jail in Rancho Cucamonga, California, on $100,000 bail. This is the third time that the North Las Vegas Democrat has been arrested since January 2013. He's accused of making threats toward his colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. The Nevada Assembly had voted to oust Brooks, after Assembly Majority Leader William Horne called him "potentially dangerous" and said that lawmakers didn't feel safe with him in the building. Brooks also was denied the purchase of a gun in Sparks after he was banished from the chambers. Horne said that Brooks' unpredictable behavior - which included missing meetings, calling news conferences that he never showed up for and posing shirtless for a Las Vegas newspaper - had made the Assembly session look "more like a circus and daytime drama than a serious legislative body." It was the first time the Nevada legislature initiated the expulsion of a member since a lawmaker was accused of libeling other members in 1867, although that case never came to a formal vote.