MANAGING DIRECTOR Leo A. Brooks, a retired Army brigadier general, was tapped to supervise and coordinate the city’s assault on the MOVE compound.
1985: In a May 7 meeting, Mayor Goode explicitly gave Brooks, now 77, supervisory responsibility for the development of the police plan. Goode told him to ensure that the children were removed from the house before implementing the plan.
Brooks, however, did nothing.
He was not in his office May 8 - five days before the MOVE confrontation - and left town to visit his parents in Alexandria, Va., May 9. He didn't advise his staff how to proceed. He didn't return to the city until the night of Sunday May 12, Mother's Day, when the Osage neighborhood had been evacuated and hundreds of police officers and firefighters had surrounded the block.