Ouster suit filed against Tenn. constable

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Roane County officials have filed an ouster lawsuit against a constable that claims he threatened other law enforcement officers and assaulted citizens.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson and County Attorney Tom McFarland filed the complaint Tuesday against Mark Patton, who was elected constable in 2006.

The lawsuit claims that Patton has created fear in the community with his actions, including posing for pictures carrying a big stick, reminiscent of the real-life Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser from the "Walking Tall" movies.

Some Tennessee counties still use constables, who have the power to enforce laws and generally work in cooperation with county sheriffs and local court systems.

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