April 15, 2005

R.I. Alderman Brooks arrested for altercation...again

Rock Island 1st Ward Ald. Terry Michael Alan Brooks won't be charged following an arrest early Friday morning in connection with a domestic battery.

Ald. Brooks, 44, of 1115 8th St., was arrested by Rock Island police after an incident that occurred about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of 11th Street.

Sgt. Roy Melton, of the Rock Island police, said Ald. Brooks got into a confrontation with a family member -- a 39-year-old female. He said there was enough probable cause at the time for Ald. Brooks to be arrested.

He wouldn't elaborate on the details of the incident.

The alderman was taken to the Rock Island County Jail about 1 a.m. Friday. He was held over night, and was released Friday afternoon after making his initial appearance in court.

No one from the Rock Island County State's Attorney's office would explain Friday why Ald. Brooks was not charged.

It was the third time in eight years Ald. Brooks was arrested in connection with domestic battery.

He was charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic battery in 2000 and 1997.

In the 2000 case, Ald. Brooks and Dameion F. Watkins of Rock Island were each arrested and charged for an altercation they had in the 1200 block of 12th Street.

The misdemeanor charges against both Ms. Watkins and Ald. Brooks were later dismissed.

The misdemeanor charge in the 1997 case was filed after an incident in which Ald. Brooks was accused of striking his then 15-year-old stepdaughter. He was found innocent at trial.

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At 4/16/2005 8:37 AM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

Terry Brooks now has three incidents of physical violence associated with his name. Terry needs to clean up his act. It does not matter if John Q. Public slips up, but a public figure has to stay extra squeeky clean. His venom directed towards John Brown in the last election was not warranted either. Speaking of John Brown, did you dems throw him out of John G's office...?

At 4/16/2005 1:31 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

How would you know being a Republican as you are where John Brown is and what he's doing??

Or are you playing both sides Republicanjoe?

At 4/16/2005 1:56 PM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

you keep your friends close, you keep your enemies closer....

At 4/16/2005 2:16 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Having said that why don't you ask Ald Brooks yourself about it and while you are at it call Mr. Brown too....

At 4/16/2005 4:12 PM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

Maybe some day I will.
Afterall, living in the Illinois QC's, I know I have to vote in your primaries to have a say, because often times they are the only game in town. I am fortunate that most of the dems that work for me are open to friendly political banter... maybe some day you will as well... good day.

At 4/17/2005 9:24 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Further proof that you are in fact playing both sides.

Why don't you just act like the majority of your party and vote for the person with the R no matter how inept - like Geo W Bush for example? Betcha voted for him....

I am fortunate that there are always lots of qualified Dems to pick from so I do not nor would I ever consider pulling a Republican ballot in a primary.

It's a free country - so do what you like and can live with -- but playing games like you are doing - trying to vote against the guy you don't like on the Dem ticket in a primary - what kind of democracy is that?

Get some guts and work for your party and quit trying to cozy up to the Dems... or get a life!

Those Dems at work who banter with you- you don't know what they say at Dem events about you when you aren't around. Plus - let me guess -- are you the boss? Maybe they are stuck being nice while you sign the paycheck...

That's my take on you R-Joe from what little I can read between the lines here in this blog.

I won't waste anymore effort on your sad commentary.

Cheers and good luck!!

At 4/17/2005 1:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

RepublicanJoe, your comments are interesting and you're welcome here. But being one of those touchy-feely Dems, I differ with your assessment of Ald. Brooks a bit.

I think a large part of why politics is so reviled by the public and why it's gone so far away from it's purpose is due to the fact that people do indeed expect politicians to be saints. It's ridiculous and flies in the face of reality.
No one is that flawless and pure as the driven snow, especially politicians, yet we all have made it a knee-jerk reaction to scream "AHA!" every time we find out that a politician used the wrong fork at dinner.
No one can bear that sort of scrutiny without some fault being revealed. And since those stories are all the press and the politicians themselves pursue (against their opponents), then no one should be surprised when the public has such a dim view of politicians. (case in point; Boland/Jacobs)

Just imagine if every single insurance agent were followed around and their every word and deed was pounced on. People might hate insurance agents worse than they already do.

My point is that Ald. Brooks, as anyone, deserves the benefit of the doubt on these matters, he is human, after all, and because we don't know the circumstances. Who knows? If we were in similar circumstances, maybe we'd have wanted to do the same thing or worse.

It does show that he tends to deal with problems by putting his hands on people, which isn't admirable, but falls short of making him unfit for office.

At 4/18/2005 3:53 AM, Blogger Rawk Eyelund said...

I wouldn't vote for him.

At 4/18/2005 10:11 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

There ya go Rawk. That's democracy. Everyone should make their own judgment, and make it be known at the ballot box.
Perhaps if enough people feel Brooks is too rough around the edges, then he won't be in office next time around.


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