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NLV police: Lawmaker had gun, targeted speaker

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North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell briefs the media. (Doug Johnson/FOX5) North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell briefs the media. (Doug Johnson/FOX5)
Assemblyman Steven Brooks (North Las Vegas Police Department) Assemblyman Steven Brooks (North Las Vegas Police Department)

North Las Vegas police are giving just a little bit more information about why they arrested Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks on Saturday.

"The only charges that we've brought for Assemblyman Brooks were for threats that he made to (Assembly) Speaker Kirkpatrick," said Sgt. Tim Bedwell, a spokesman for the North Las Vegas Police Department.

During a media conference Tuesday, the department revealed Brooks never directly threatened Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, a fellow state Democrat.

Instead police said Brooks told others he meant to do her physical harm.

"There's more than one comment to more than one person," Bedwell said.

Usually police say the threats would only be a misdemeanor, but because Kirkpatrick is a public officer, Nevada law dictates the crime becomes a felony.

"Which requires the police department to do more, and also gives us the ability to make an arrest where as in the case of a misdemeanor we wouldn't be able to make," Bedwell told reporters during the media conference.

On Saturday NLVPD, accompanied by LVMPD officers, stopped Brooks at the intersection of Mt. Hood and Carey and found he had a gun and ammunition for it in his car.

"The firearm was not stolen, it was not registered to Assemblyman Brooks," Bedwell said.

Police would not say who owns the gun.

But because Brooks had it, Bedwell said it's enough to charge him with intimidating a public officer by threat of physical violence.

"He has now the means, we're told he has the desire, and it's our responsibility to prosecute that," said Bedwell.

Since his arrest, Brooks has been released out on bail.

He canceled a media conference set for Tuesday morning in Carson City.

His lawyer, Mitchell Posin, told FOX5 that's because Brooks has been hospitalized in Las Vegas for internal bleeding.

Posin also said not all the facts in this case have come out yet.

Bedwell would not confirm who Brooks was talking to when he threatened Kirkpatrick and would not release an arrest report.

Brooks is due in court next Monday.

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