Nevada assemblyman accused of threats appears at Legislature
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Missing from Wednesday's budget talks was Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-Las Vegas, who is accused of threatening his colleague, Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
This week other lawmakers like William Horne, D-Las Vegas, are taking extra precaution.
"Statements allegedly made by Mr. Brooks raised a concern that he may be a threat to Ms. Kirkpatrick and myself," Horne said.
On the phone with Horne from Carson City, he said some lawmakers had extra security this week. This comes after North Las Vegas police found Brooks with a gun and arrested him. The lawmakers attorney said he's innocent.
"The ultimate goal is to fight these charges, which we intend to do aggressively and show what really happened here," attorney Mitchell Posin said.
Brooks was scheduled to attend Wednesday's budget talks with lawmakers he allegedly threatened. Instead Brooks made the trip to Carson City to find housing for the next legislative session that starts next month.
"We're confident the Legislative Council Bureau and the legislative police will take the appropriate steps to ensure anyone in the building is going to be safe," Horne said.
Colleagues said Brooks behavior is strange and he could be upset after he was looked over as chairman of a budget committee.
"I don't think this is anything anybody anticipated for sure," Horne said. "It's unfortunate and we wish Mr. Brooks and his family well."