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Ouster of 'Walking Tall' constable sought by DA

Staff Report • Jan 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Knoxville News-Sentinel is reporting that a Roane County constable has misused his office, threatened other law enforcement officers and assaulted residents, an ouster lawsuit filed Tuesday in Roane County Circuit Court alleges.District Attorney General Russell Johnson and Tom McFarland, county attorney, filed the complaint against Mark Patton after deposing 18 people in September.Patton has posed for pictures on the Roane County Courthouse steps clutching a large stick reminiscent of Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser, made famous in the movie “Walking Tall.” He was elected constable for the Kingston area in 2006.The ouster complaint alleges that Patton’s misconduct “shocks the conscience of the residents of Roane County,” that he has threatened law enforcement officers and elected officials, that residents fled in fear of his appearance on the courthouse steps in August, and that the sheriff was “forced to draw his sidearm … to protect himself from the defendant.”

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