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Police detain Brooks for psychiatric evaluation, confiscate sword

Updated Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 | 9:20 p.m.

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Booking photo of Assemblyman Steven Brooks of North Las Vegas.

Assemblyman Steven Brooks has been detained by police for a psychiatric evaluation after a disturbance at his grandmother's house, Metro Police reported today.

Officers were called about 1 p.m. to the residence, in the 8400 block of Westcliff Drive, to investigate a family disturbance. They determined an arrest was not warranted, but following comments Brooks made, decided he needed a medical evaluation to determine whether he was a risk to himself or others.

"It was additionally reported Mr. Brooks was exhibiting what was described as bizarre behavior," police said.

Police released Brooks to the custody of medical personnel, who transported him to an area hospital.

Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Rick Combs said Brooks was in possession of "some type of sword," prompting legislative police to call Metro Police.

"Metro has seized the sword and has taken Mr. Brooks into custody," Combs said.

A legislative police officer was with Brooks when he produced the sword. Combs said the officer was providing dignitary protection at Brooks' request.

The detainment is the latest development since Saturday, when Brooks was arrested on charges of threatening the life of Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. Brooks was found with a loaded gun and 41 rounds of ammunition in his car.

Since his arrest, Brooks has been acting erratically, showing up at the legislative building in dark sunglasses, with a hood shrouding part of his face.

In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in which Brooks was shirtless, he accused Kirkpatrick of being a threat to his own life.

In a separate development, Council Ricki Barlow, who was cited as a witness in Brooks’ arrest report, denied the assemblyman ever made threatening comments to him regarding Kirkpatrick.

“Councilman Barlow has had an opportunity to review a report of the North Las Vegas Police Department wherein Assistant Chief (Victor) Dunn asserts that Councilman Barlow believed there was a real danger to Speaker Kirkpatrick, and that Councilman Barlow may have contacted Sen. (Kelvin) Atkinson to give him information about threats made to Speaker Kirkpatrick,” Barlow’s attorney Adam Levine wrote in a press release. “These assertions by Assistant Chief Dunn are false.”

According to the arrest report, Atkinson called Kirkpatrick after speaking with an unnamed person who had told him Brooks had a gun and was looking to hurt the speaker. Kirkpatrick then called police.

Levine said Barlow conveyed his concerns about Brooks’ mental state to police and to Atkinson, but never specified that Kirkpatrick was in danger.

“Brooks’ mother indicated that the last thing she wanted was for her son to be involved in an altercation or shootout with the police, and expressed a fear that in his current mental state, Steven might not be afraid to do so,” Levine wrote.

Kirkpatrick told police Brooks had recently been released from a psychiatric facility prior to his arrest.

Brooks’ lawyer Mitchell Posin has declined to address questions about Brooks’ mental health.

UPDATE: This story has been edited to correct the name of Barlow's attorney.

Reporter Jackie Valley contributed to this report.

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  1. I do not know what was going on, but I know Assistant Chief Dunn, and I have never known him to lie.

  2. Now another interesting story, Councilman Barlow uses an attorney to change his story and accuse a police officer of making a false statement.
    Now that is weird!!!

  3. A legal 72 hour hold for evaluation. If it is determined that he needs treatment, I believe he either gives permission or a court order must be obtained.

  4. This is one bizarre chain of events that this man is involved in . Maybe a lil thorizine will do some good.

  5. That he's a screwball is clearly evident. But that's par for the course with many in politics and, as we've seen in this case, they are treated much differently than "ordinary" citizens. With creepolas such as Brooks, it's 'kid glove" treatment. Not so much with "ordinary" Joes & Janes. "Separate but equal," though turned upside-down and inside-out, is still very much alive in our society! Particularly for illegals, perverts or politocos!

  6. Unclear who Brooks made remarks to. I guess many things can be misconstrued when you take third hand, fifth hand, whatever "information" as fact. Brooks does seem to be acting erratically. Seems he's helped us discover how poorly written so much of the legislation has been. The statute he was charged with seems fatally flawed--seems the threat must have "intent" to force future political activity. Impossible to prove intent and what jury / judge can determine what future political outcome would be intended. FLAWED. So why are we paying LCB staff and attorneys when the results of so ineffective? And some would like the Legislature with faulty processes to remain in session and meet more often? What a waste of time and money.

  7. danutz: the VOTERS of his district voted for him and thus we must believe they support him. I'm not sure many people could withstand conjecture morphed into arrest as a normal day. It does appear Mr. Brooks has reacted differently than many would but are we sure he was even near anyone else when he had the gun? However, I still say something needs to happen to WHOEVER provided the gun.

  8. Perhaps an old experience explains my softening attitude on this: Once upon a time a U.S. attorney assumed a whole lot that didn't happen when a suspect provided an affidavit that his attorney heard / witnessed the suspect SAY that a federal agent had done this and that. The agent HAD NOT DONE IT. But the U.S. attorney mis-read the affidavit and thought the attorney had witnessed something --when the attorney merely said he heard his client say the (fabricated) story. Because of the U.S. attorneys reliance on his mis-reading, the suspect got away with it THAT TIME.

  9. Frankly I am glad the cops arrested him, even if the charges were trumped up. The alternative could very well have been lose of life, on a scale unimaginable. hats off to metro for doing the right thing.