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Brooks' residency matter to be taken up by commission at later date

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The commission voted to take up her residency matter at a date to be determined and no later than July 28. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) The commission voted to take up her residency matter at a date to be determined and no later than July 28. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
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(WMC) - The Shelby County Commission discussed the fate of embattled Henri Brooks' seat for more than two hours on Monday. Rather than voting to determine if Brooks would stay or go, the commission voted to take up her residency matter at a date to be determined and no later than July 28.

The commission committee voted 7-4 in June to have Brooks removed. Brooks filed a lawsuit against the commission following that vote, challenging her removal.

But an judge granted an injunction that keeps Brooks a commissioner.

An investigation by Shelby County Attorney Marcy Ingram said that Brooks forfeited her seat because she did not reside at her address in district two, which is where she should had been living since she was elected in 2006.

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong says the county attorney has not proved she moved out of her district.

It is unclear if Brooks will face criminal charges. Election chairman Robert Meyers said the commission is not the body to decide those charges, and the matter will need to be turned over to the district attorney.

Additionally, it is not likely her candidacy for Shelby County juvenile court clerk will be affected. Ballots have already been sent out with Brooks' name. Meyers says unless something unforeseen happens, her name will remain on the ballot for the general election in August.

Starting in mid-May and throughout the entire month of June, Brooks made headlines beginning with seemingly racist comments at a commission meeting. The discussion—caught on camera—started over a bid to a construction company, which employs mostly minorities, for a roof repair on a county building. Brooks voiced her concern for choosing a company that hires mostly Hispanics, and she fired back to Memphian Pablo Pereira in the meeting who said he understood being a minority.

"Your situation does not compare to mine. What you are experiencing as a minority has probably been blown out of proportion here. It's not about you as a minority. It's about black folk in Shelby County who are trying to get employment in Shelby County … people who pay taxes. Not to say that you don't," she said.

After weeks of reaction to those comments, Brooks was arrested following a parking lot incident in which she reportedly yelled racial slurs and dumped water on a woman's head. Brooks surrendered at Jail East and then bonded out on $100 on her assault charge.

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