A video uploaded to YouTube by a witness who identified herself as
Jennifer L. Simpson recorded the arrest. In the video, officers appear to
strike with fists and kick him after they had pulled him from the SUV and
threw him to the ground. It is unclear from the video what provoked these
actions because the view is partially obscured by a dirt berm near the
Ramirez said Friday he had seen the video but could not comment on it.
"Anytime officers use force, we review it and make sure an appropriate amount was used," he said. "We have to be fair to everybody involved. You do an injustice to everyone involved if you make a statement prior to knowing all the facts."
A taser was eventually used on the man before he was handcuffed.
Medical personnel arrived on scene and treated the man, who was placed on a gurney. A Barstow police officer later placed ankle restraints on him.
The man screamed and yelled intermittently while on the gurney. As he was being loaded onto an ambulance, he screamed at onlookers, saying something that sounded like "these cops are going down."
He was taken to Barstow Community Hospital where a pre-booking medical exam was performed. After the exam, he was transported to and booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, booking records show.
The dog "Buck" sustained a laceration above his right eye and a laceration to his left leg. He was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and released.
CHP officials and a representative from the towing company referred questions to Barstow police.
Nevada legislator Horne said he was saddened by the arrest.
"I hope they get Steven the help he clearly needs before he or someone else is hurt or worse," Horne said.
This is the third time Brooks has been arrested since January.
Brooks, a democrat representing North Las Vegas, is accused of making threats toward his colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. Police said Brooks had a gun and ammunition in his car at the time. No charges have been filed.
He was arrested Feb. 10 at his estranged wife's home in Las Vegas after police say he threw punches and grabbed for the gun of an officer who responded to a domestic dispute. He faces a court hearing in May in Las Vegas on one felony and three lesser charges.
Horne said Brooks' unpredictable behavior -- which included missing meetings, calling news conferences he never showed up for, and posing shirtless for a Las Vegas newspaper -- had made the session look "more like a circus and daytime drama than a serious legislative body."
It led to hours of closed meetings and a Select Committee hearing Tuesday night in which a panel voted 6-1 to recommend to expel Brooks, and the expulsion became official on Thursday.
"We did not feel safe having Assemblyman Brooks in this building," Horne said. "We wanted to protect people in this building and go about our business."
Reached immediately after the vote, Brooks was aghast.
"How dare they?" Brooks told the Associated Press in a brief telephone interview. "I've been convicted of nothing."
Brooks, who won election in November by a 2-1 margin, alleged during the interview that unspecified opponents have tried to kill him. He didn't take questions.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office will likely review the case on Tuesday before deciding whether or not to file charges, an official said.
Daily Press City Editor Kris Reilly reported from Victorville and Associated Press writer Ken Ritter reported from Las Vegas. Associated Press writer Michelle Rindels also contributed to this report.
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