Rally planned against Shelby chief
by Courtney Stevens
Aug 04, 2013 | 3195 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While there have been no new developments regarding extortion accusations against Shelby Police Chief Pat Johnson, Jackie Williams, owner of the Sky Box nightclub said a rally is set for Tuesday in front of city hall where the monthly board of aldermen meeting will be held.

In an earlier story Alderman Harold Billings said the mayor suspended Johnson with pay until an investigation could be done.

"He's been suspended (already) for about a week," said Billings, in last Sunday’s story.

However shortly after the interview with The Bolivar Commercial, Mayor Dan Harris reported that the board of aldermen decided to withdraw its previous suspension of Johnson.

Harris said the issue came to light after Williams wrote a letter accusing Johnson of requesting money to turn a blind eye to underage youth entering the club.

Williams said he has filed a complaint on Johnson with the attorney general.

"I filed a complaint with the attorney general for harassment, corrupt action and wanting money under the table," said Williams.

A spokesperson with the Mississippi Attorney General’s office would neither confirm nor deny a complaint had been received.

Williams said he is planning a rally that will have several members of the community speaking on what they believe is corruption in the police department in regards to the chief.

"We have invited all members of the community to come out. We have invited the mayor," Williams said.

Williams said he believes Johnson’s harassment is due to competition with another club in the area.

"When I first opened my club in July of 2011, I was offered police protection or security," said Williams. "I was the only club being checked."

Williams claims to have several signed statements from members of the community and even from former police officers saying they witnessed or knew of Johnson asking for or accepting money under the table.

The rally will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, on the lawn across from city hall.