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Nevada Senator Releases Statement on Steven Brooks

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A court date was canceled for a Nevada state lawmaker hospitalized for a medical and mental evaluation after being accused of threatening a state Democratic Assembly leader.

Assemblyman Steven Brooks' lawyer Mitchell Posin, says he's not sure when Brooks might be released from medical care.

Brooks was hospitalized Friday for a 72-hour evaluation.

Prosecutor Thom Gover says he would have asked a North Las Vegas judge on Monday for 30 more days to decide whether to file a criminal charge.

Brooks was arrested Jan. 19 in a car with a gun after he was accused of threatening the life of incoming Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

He spent a night in jail before being released on $100,000 bail.

Brooks and Posin deny any threat was made. (AP)

State Senator Kelvin Atkinson's Statement

"After much reflection, I have prepared this statement to clarify my role in the events that lead to the arrest of Assemblyman Steven Brooks last Saturday, January 19, 2013.  

First let me say this, Steven is a good friend of mine. He is a good man and a committed public servant, but whom I feel needs help during what is obviously a very difficult period. This should not be about me or anyone else; it is about helping a friend currently in grave need.

Let me make it very clear, I never told anyone that I had knowledge from Steve of a direct threat on the Speaker's life. I received a call on Saturday, January 19, 2013 around 3 pm from Las Vegss City Councilman Ricky Barlow for help.  In that call, I was advised that Steven had just been released from a care facility the night before, that he had a loaded gun in his car, that he was trying to get to Carson City but didn't have any money, and was acting and speaking irrationally. Councilman Barlow stated that Steven "had it in for Marilyn Kirkpatrick" and blamed her for his life spiraling out of control.  

With that information and because many of us had been concerned about Steven's emotional state over the past few months, I felt I should notify the Speaker and the Majority Leader of the Assembly of what I had learned. 

I have to admit, hearing what I was hearing, I had grave concerns for the Speaker's well being and for Steven's safety as well.  I did not want him to show up to the Speaker's home unannounced and her to be caught off guard with a volatile situation. I did not want anyone getting hurt, including Steven. I wanted to get him off the streets and into an appropriate situation to seek help. 

While I have thought about this situation many times since last weekend, I know in my heart, I did what I believed was right based upon the information I was provided.  I was concerned for everyone's safety involved.  I hope Steven gets the help he needs.  I have supported him in the past and will continue to do so as long as he will allow me to, as a friend.

With that said, there is an ongoing investigation, and therefore this will be the only statement I will be making about this issue. I hope everyone respects my decision to let the necessary processes play out without further public comment on my part."

 

Respectfully,

Kelvin Atkinson

SENATOR KELVIN ATKINSON

Chairman of Commerce, Labor and Energy

Chair, Council of State Government - West

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