Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 2 a.m.
I think it is important that people not rush to judgment about former Assemblyman Steven Brooks, who is obviously a troubled man. I am a retired law enforcement officer from California and have seen similar situations, where someone in a position of authority does something foolish.
I have seen a mayor of a large city and a school district superintendent caught shoplifting minor items they could have easily afforded to buy. The obvious commonality in these cases is that these people are unable to cope with the stresses of their positions but cannot consciously resign.
They can’t justify to their friends and family that they can’t handle it anymore, so they act out in ways that will assure their termination.
I can’t claim to know what is going on in Mr. Brooks’ head but would guess I’m pretty close here.