MARION  — Williamson County State’s Attorney Chuck Garnati is requesting the court appoint a special prosecutor to look into a battery complaint filed by former Johnston City police officer Tim Patrick against chief Vernon Campbell

The alleged incident occurred Feb. 9.

 Garnati cited roughly 25 years of developing “a close working relationship in law enforcement matters in Williamson County with Chief Vernon Campbell,” that could lead to the appearance of a conflict of interest were his office to handle the case.

Garnati’s petition includes information on allegations that Patrick was involved in a verbal altercation with the chief that led to Campbell physically striking Patrick.

The incident reportedly occurred outside the Johnston City police station. Patrick said in an earlier interview he had been at the station reviewing videotape of a stabbing incident occurring the night before.

Patrick said friction arose between him and Campbell’s son, Thomas, an auxiliary police officer, as Patrick reviewed the videotape.

Patrick said  he was terminated from the police force after reporting the battery to Illinois State Police, as well as another case in which he considered Campbell suspect.

Campbell has declined to comment.


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