Brooks descending: A chronology of the defrocked Assemblyman’s many troubles
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THURSDAY, MARCH 28 In a voice vote, the Nevada Assembly overwhelmingly expels their colleague, 41-year-old Steven Brooks. It is the first legislative expulsion in Nevada history.
Hours later, Brooks, near Victorville, Calif., allegedly leads police officers on a high-speed chase, with one flat tire on his SUV, after a dispute with a tow-truck driver over payment to fix the flat. Brooks, who is punched and tazed by police in a brief struggle, is charged with resisting arrest, evading arrest, harming a police dog and throwing objects from his vehicle with intent to harm his pursuers.
The same day, the Nevada Supreme Court, on the grounds that Brooks sued the “Legislature” rather than the Assembly, rejects his appeal to overturn the legislative suspension.
MARCH 26 A special legislative panel votes 6-1 to recommend expulsion to the full Assembly. Committee Chairman William Horne, Assembly majority leader and a Las Vegas Democrat, says legislators do not feel safe with Brooks in the Carson City Legislature building. Brooks tells the Associated Press that unspecified opponents have conspired to kill him.
MARCH 7 Brooks is fired from his job as a management analyst with the city of Las Vegas’ Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. City officials, citing personnel policy, decline to discuss the reasons for the dismissal.
MARCH 4 Brooks petitions the Nevada Supreme Court to allow him back in the Assembly.
FEB. 21 A sporting goods store in Sparks, citing a report from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, denies the sale of a rifle to Brooks.
FEB. 11 Assembly leadership banishes Brooks from the legislative building and places him on paid leave from the Legislature.
FEB. 10 Brooks is arrested in a domestic disturbance at the North Las Vegas home of his estranged wife. He is charged with felony assault and three lesser charges. Police allege that Brooks tried to take a gun away from a responding officer. He is scheduled for a court hearing on the arrest in May.
FEB. 7 Citing unspecified medical issues, Brooks leaves the Assembly after attending several committee meetings over the previous three days.
FEB. 4 Brooks is sworn in as a member of the Assembly in Carson City.
JAN. 25 A photo of a shirtless Brooks accompanies a Review-Journal story on the Assemblyman’s “month of hell.” Brooks, in the report, says Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick is trying to kill him and accuses the Assembly speaker of drug abuse.
On the same day, Brooks is detained by Metro for a psychiatric examination after being called to his grandmother’s Las Vegas house. Legislative sources said Brooks had a sword with him at the time of the police response. He is hospitalized for five days.
JAN. 23 Brooks, wearing dark sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt and shadowed by Capitol Police, arrives at the Legislature Building in Carson City. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Brooks spends less than an hour in the building and does not attend a scheduled budget meeting.
JAN. 19 North Las Vegas Police arrest Brooks on suspicion of making threats against elected officials, specifically Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. Police find a loaded handgun — registered to another person — and 41 rounds of ammunition in Brooks’ car. The case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.
NOVEMBER 2012 Brooks re-elected to his second term in the Assembly. Assembly Speaker Kirkpatrick denies the North Las Vegas legislator chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, although he has a seat on the committee.
NOVEMBER 2010 Brooks elected to his first term in the Nevada Assembly.