Nevada legislator Brooks arrested, accused of threatening Assembly speaker
Correction: 1/22/13 – A front-page article Monday incorrectly described state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson’s involvement in reporting alleged threats against Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. Atkinson said Monday that he never told Kirkpatrick that Assemblyman Steven Brooks had directly threatened her. Additionally, Atkinson was not interviewed Sunday by the Review-Journal. Comments attributed to him on a political blog were inadvertently added to the newspaper article without proper attribution.
Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested Saturday night on a charge of threatening Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson said Sunday he informed Kirkpatrick of Brooks’ threat against her. Atkinson said Brooks had been telling people Kirkpatrick’s “first day as speaker would be her last.”
North Las Vegas police said Brooks, 40, was booked about 6 p.m. at the Las Vegas City Jail on a felony charge of intimidating a public officer by threat of physical violence. Jail records show Brooks was in custody Sunday evening.
Brooks is a Democrat serving Nevada Assembly District 17 in northern Clark County.
Police said they responded to a home in North Las Vegas at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday in response to reported threats to an elected official, though authorities would not say who Brooks reportedly threatened.
A Nevada legislator who requested anonymity said Kirkpatrick was shaken but doing fine. Kirkpatrick is a North Las Vegas Democrat who was recently elected speaker.