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I-Team: Assemblyman Claims NRA, Politicians Against Him

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Assemblyman Steven Brooks outside his apartment Friday. Assemblyman Steven Brooks outside his apartment Friday.
Brooks speaks with an I-Team reporter at his apartment. Brooks speaks with an I-Team reporter at his apartment.

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Assemblyman Steven Brooks, facing felony charges of threatening a public official, gave his first interview to the I-Team Friday.

Brooks said he is innocent and said street gangs, politicians, police officers and the National Rifle Association are conspiring against him.

Brooks was arrested last Saturday for threatening the life of Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, but told the I-Team he is the one terrified for his life.

When reached at his apartment, the Democratic state lawmaker said he is taking a stand for the people of his district.

"I did it for the people," he said. "Of district 19 and district 17. Because I'm the 19th assembly for district 19, because I was forced to move. This gets deep. And if I keep talking, a lot of people are going to get in trouble and I don't want that because I miss my family. I've lost everything, my friends."

Reporter: "What's going on?"

Brooks: "You tell me."

Brooks said that gang members were threatening him.

His former neighbors said he moved out quickly after threats and vandalism from gangs.

North Las Vegas police confirmed officers responded to multiple disturbances between Brooks and a neighboring household.

Brooks was arrested Saturday after police received calls from concerned colleagues.

When he was arrested, the police said Brooks had a gun not registered in his name.

Brooks told the I-Team the NRA and a political colleague set him up.

"I'll give you one thing," Brooks said to the reporter. "Here you go. That's who I am, OK? This is my reputation from being a good man. Please respect my privacy."

Reporter: "What's going on?"

Brooks: "Gangsters. A lot of them."

Reporter: "Who?"

Brooks: "Delightful street."

Brooks said that he is currently taking Loritab, a powerful painkilling drug.

Brooks also claimed that Kirkpatrick, who he allegedly threatened, is on drugs and should be tested, but he offered no evidence to back up those claims.

Brooks also handed the reporter a thick stack of papers, on top of which was scrawled, "I resign as UL chair."

Brooks is a board member of the Urban League.

The actual board chair said the organization is submitting prayers for Brooks' family at this time.

Brooks' attorney, wife and another woman came in and out of the apartment at different times. He is also constantly joined now by a member of the state's legislative police.

Kirkpatrick declined to speak about Brooks to the I-Team.

The story did not end for Brooks as Metro Police were called to his grandmother's house as officers described Brooks's behavior as erratic and bizarre.

Police took Brooks to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Brooks' first court date is Monday.

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