Assemblyman Steven Brooks was "acting like a belligerent drunk" and berated police officers when he was booked into jail late Saturday afternoon, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the events tells me.
"He was acting bizarre," the inside source told me.
Brooks threw around his elected title and used obscene language when he was brought to the jail, the source tells me.
That description apparently is contained in a document that is part of the file on Brooks' arrest, not the Declaration of Arrest that I have already posted, which describes Brooks yelling at police officers at the scene of a traffic stop. It contributes to a picture of an elected official under duress, as even his lawyer described him.
That information is now in the hands of Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who has to decide whether to prosecute Brooks and under what statute. The AG can choose to use the threats to public officers law the police used whent hey arrested Brooks -- or she could use another statute, if she chooses to move forward.
As former AG George Chanos told me last night, the case may be difficult to make under the threats-to-public-officials statute because of its complciated construction. One veteran lawyer told me he had to read it four or five times to get its meaning right.
In another development, Clark County Commsisioner Lawrence Weekly tells me that after the Brooks report surfaced he sent a text to African-American leaders. "What do we do at this point?" Weekly said his message read. "How do we meet and help out this young man?"
"I think it's a shame there is all of this gossip out there," Weekley told me. Ironically, Weekly sat with Kirkpatrick during Gov. Brian Sandoval's State of the State on Jan. 16. He said the speaker never mentioned any problems with Brooks, nor did Assembly Majority Leader William Horne. Lawmakers have told the media that Brooks' behavior has been erratic for some time.
Weekly told me he also spoke to state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, who tipped off Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick of the alleged threat, and that the lawmaker told the commissioner "there were a lot of things people don't know about Brooks."
There have been rumblings of a circling of wagons among African-American elected officials, with a backlash coming against Atkinson. But Weekly said he knew of nothing and just wanted to see that Brooks got whatever assistance he might need.