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LV Councilman Barlow: Brooks never threatened speaker

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"Threats by Assemblyman Brooks to Speaker Kirkpatrick, as far as Councilman (Barlow) knows, no such threats were ever made," said Adam Levine, Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow's attorney.

After reading his client's name in the arrest report of state Assemblyman Steven Brooks', Levine told FOX5 there are several alarming errors in the North Las Vegas Police Department's claims that Barlow heard Brooks threaten Speaker Maryilyn Kirkpatric.

"(Councilman Barlow) certainly never heard them from Steven Brooks, and he certainly did not tell anybody that such threats were made," Levine told FOX5.

In a statement released to FOX5, Barlow said investigators with NLVPD are putting out "a great deal of rank speculation and misinformation."

"It's not just a hole in the case, this is a case that should never have been brought against my client," Brooks' attorney, Mitchell Posin, told FOX5.

The arrest report states Brooks reportedly called Barlow, saying he had a "loaded gun and may harm Speaker Kirkpatrick."

But in his press release, Barlow said that never happened and that North Las Vegas Assistant Chief of Police Victor Dunn put false information in the report.

Levine also released an email from Nevada state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, the person the report said called Kirkpatrick to warn Brooks was "driving around in his car with a gun looking to harm her."

But in the email Atkinson wrote: "NO ONE EVER TOLD MK that there was a threat against her, nor that Brooks had threaten her."

"It wasn't just a mountain made out of a mole hill, but it seems to be a mountain made out of pure speculation," Posin said.

Barlow said he talked to both Brooks' wife and mother, and that all three were concerned with his mental well-being, something he relayed to Atkinson, according to his statement.

Events Friday afternoon suggest their concerns had merit.

Metro police confirmed on Friday that Brooks was hospitalized for a mental evaluation following a domestic disturbance at the Las Vegas home of his grandmother.

Legislative police, who had been watching over Brooks, called Metro police to the residence, on Westcliff Drive in northwest Las Vegas, shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday.

Brooks became involved in a disturbance with family members. Brooks was described as exhibiting bizarre behavior and a spokesperson for legislative police told FOX5 he was wielding a sword. There were no injuries reported.

Police decided an arrest was not warranted. Instead, Brooks was released to medical personnel and he was transported to a hospital.

The evaluation was needed, police said, to make sure Brooks is not a threat to himself or others.

Posin said he saw his client Friday morning before the incident.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him again and telling him what I think he will find good news," Posin said.

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