- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Baptist pastor accused of choking an aide is resigning as a Kansas City councilman.

The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1x03Jkm ) reported Wednesday that Michael Brooks blamed a “media circus” in a letter announcing plans to step down effective Jan. 2.

The letter arrived just as the city attorney of Kansas City was preparing to tell City Council members that they would have to decide whether a violence allegation against Brooks merited removing him from office. Brooks has denied the choking claims. Police have turned over a case file to Jackson County for review.

Brooks also came under scrutiny last year when he acknowledged an online relationship with a woman involving graphic text messages. His attorney said that Brooks never met the woman in person and that there was no impropriety.

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