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Lawmaker: No knowledge of 'direct threat' against speaker

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Steven Brooks, D-North Las Vegas, was arrested on Jan. 19, accused of threatening a fellow lawmaker.  (North Las Vegas PD) Steven Brooks, D-North Las Vegas, was arrested on Jan. 19, accused of threatening a fellow lawmaker. (North Las Vegas PD)

A Nevada state senator who was identified as the person who warned of possible danger against an Assembly Speaker released a statement Monday, saying he never told anyone of a direct threat.

State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson said he made the decision to contact Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick upon learning of erratic behavior from Assemblyman Steven Brooks. Brooks was arrested on Jan. 19 on a charge of threatening a public official.

In the statement, Atkinson begins by calling Brooks "a good friend, […] a good man and a committed public servant".

"[He is someone] I feel needs help during what is obviously a very difficult period," Atkinson said in the statement. "This should not be about me or anyone else; it is about helping a friend currently in grave need."

Atkinson then describes his role leading up to Brooks' arrest.

"Letme make it very clear, I never told anyone that I had knowledge from Steve of adirect threat on the Speaker's life," Atkinson says.

He says he received a call from Las Vegas Councilman Rick 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," Atkinson said in the statement.

Atkinson also quotes Barlow, saying that Brooks "had it in for Marilyn Kirkpatrick", blaming her for his recent problems".

Atkinson then says due to this and the Assemblyman's emotional state in recent months, he decided to notify Kirkpatrick and the Majority Leader of the Assembly.

"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," Atkinson said. "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."

Through it all, Atkinson says, he is standing firm on his decision, believing it was the right thing to do at the time.

"I was concerned for everyone's safety involved," Atkinson said. "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."

The state senator closes the statement saying this would be the only thing he would say regarding the situation.

On Friday, Brooks' attorney Mitchell Posin said the situation was borne out of assumption.

"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.

As of Monday, Brooks remained in hospital care for a mental evaluation. An initial hearing was also delayed Monday in North Las Vegas court.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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