How Michael Brooks leaves the Kansas City Council is not yet certain. He could resign, get defeated at the polls in 2015 or simply not run for re-election.
However it happens, Brooks does not deserve to serve on the council, overseeing a $1.4 billion budget and making decisions that affect the city’s future.
He has not earned the trust of his constituents in the 5th District or of Kansas Citians in general with his questionable behavior during his three-plus years on the council.
The most recent accusation against Brooks is extremely troubling. It is still under investigation by the Police Department and is the subject of another city-financed probe that could cost taxpayers $10,000.
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Brooks’ aide filed a police report alleging that he assaulted her on Nov. 4 in her cubicle at City Hall and, a few moments later, in his office. Brooks reportedly grabbed her hair with one hand and her throat with his other while dragging her into his office, and choked her with his hands and her belt.
A lawyer for Brooks has said an assault did not occur.
Given Brooks’ previous behavior, however, he has not earned the benefit of the doubt regarding this incident.
Last year, Brooks, a pastor, sent sexually related online messages to a woman who was not his wife. He apologized.
Earlier in 2013, Brooks had supported the use of $15,000 in public funds by an anti-violence group for a youth event with boxer Floyd Mayweather, but it never occurred. City officials unsuccessfully sought a refund of the money from the group.
The incidents in 2013, coupled with the recent accusation, are compelling reasons for Brooks to depart from public office as quickly as possible.