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No Charges Against Former Councilman Brooks In Alleged Choking Incident

Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Special Prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced that he will seek no formal charges against former Councilman Michael Brooks in an alleged incident in which his former aide claimed that the had assaulted her by choking her.
Zahnd said that there was too much “he said, she said”  and that his office’s decision not to file formal charges did not mean that nothing happened.
“We have determined there was not sufficient evidence to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt. It does not necessarily mean nothing happened. It does not necessarily mean that I do not believe what the alleged victim said,” Zahnd said.
Zahnd said that he didn’t disbelieve Ms. Tonia Titus, but he didn’t disbelieve Brooks either.
Zahnd said that Ms. Titus had alleged that she had, had an “intimate or romantic relationship” with Brooks up until she became employed as Brooks’ aide.
THE CALL has obtained pages of text messages between the two. Although there was no confirmation of an intimate or romantic relationship between the two in the texts dating back to February 2011, there was a considerable amount of flirting going on between the two as well as some pictures Ms. Titus sent Brooks and he responded.
However, during the few  months before the alleged incident Brooks is shown being more and more disturbed by Ms. Titus’ work performance in text messages.



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