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Are The Actions Of County Commissioner Henri Brooks Hurting Shelby County?

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) – - County Commissioner Henri Brooks has always spoken her mind. But lately, her actions are drawing criticism. 

Brooks is no longer employed at Methodist Le Bonheur Health Care. The hospital confirmed on Tuesday morning, Brooks resigned after 8 years.

The resignation comes a week after Brooks allegedly got into an altercation in the hospital parking lot with another woman over a parking spot. Brooks has been charged with simple assault and is fighting the charges.

“There are 12 other people and we don’t want to disparage the entire group because of the actions of one individual.” County Commissioner Steve Basar doesn’t want the commission’s good work overshadowed by some negative publicity.  But admits, sometimes it does happen.

Back in May, Brooks faced allegations she made racist comments to a Hispanic businessman during a commission meeting. And on Monday, the county attorney confirmed she was being investigated for residency discrepancies.

County Commissioner Terry Roland says, “We’re making huge votes now on stuff that impacts Shelby County and her not living in her district is disenfranchising everyone else and it’s got to stop.”

Brooks had been working as a community and government researcher specialist with the congregational health network in the health and faith division of the hospital. Amid all of this, she’s running for Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk.

The question now is will all this turmoil affect her run for office?

“There’s an unwritten contract at least for me that your actions as an individual are out there in the public sector and you need to live to a higher standard,” says Commissioner Basar.

Commissioner Henri Brooks released this statement to FOX13:

"This is the most important election we have had in Shelby County in a very long time. This is our last, best window of opportunity to break the Juvenile Court’s school-to-prison pipeline.

I want you to know that what has been portrayed in the media is not what happened. However, I sincerely regret that the detractors and those opposed to real change have used this as an opportunity to take the focus off the critical issues affecting our children at Juvenile Court and therefore minimizing all that is at stake in this election.

I want you to know that justice is being targeted, because we are standing up and fighting for families, children and women and for justice throughout the system.

I am speaking truth to power about the public policy decisions that economically affect our community and entrap our children in poverty. If we are truly interested in empowering our community, we must be willing to fully invest ourselves into the lives of our children and families thereby enhancing the lives of all of us.

Regardless of the attacks, I will not give up the fight. I will continue to fight until the job is done, and there is no longer any reason to fight.

I sincerely believe Matthew 25:40, '...Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.'

I truly believe that vulnerable families, youth and women are the least of these. And I step up to the plate to stand up and fight for them. It is as essential that I do this as it is that I breathe."
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