Man at center of 2017 Langley use-of-force case arrested

A Whidbey man is facing charges for allegedly threatening a woman and appearing naked in public.

The troubled South Whidbey man who the former Langley police chief was accused of assaulting is facing felony charges for allegedly threatening a woman and appearing naked in public this summer, according to court records.

On Sept. 1, a judge in Island County Superior Court ordered that 34-year-old Camren S. Procopio should be held in jail on a $10,000 bond and evaluated by a mental health professional for possible commitment to a mental treatment facility.

Prosecutors charged Procopio is Island County Superior Court Sept. 2 with felony harassment and indecent exposure.

Procopio has a long history of causing problems in Langley, most commonly by trespassing in public areas and businesses he had been told to stay away from. He has been diagnosed with serious mental health problems, court documents indicate.

A report by a Langley police officer indicates that Procopio has been increasingly aggressive.

A woman who works in downtown Langley reported that she doesn’t feel safe alone in town because he had been following her around and making strange threats against her life, the report states.

She told the officer that she had been dealing with Procopio for many years but that his behavior this summer “had gotten much worse.”

The police report describes other incidents, including one involving Mayor Scott Chaplin, in which Procopio had confronted people and yelled at them.

The report also states there were three separate complaints of Procopio appearing completely naked.

In 2017, the Washington State Patrol investigated a complaint against David Marks, who was the Langley police chief at the time, made by fellow officers who questioned his use of force against Procopio.

Marks allegedly kicked Procopio’s feet from under him while he was handcuffed, causing him to fall face first onto the ground.

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks decided against charging Marks with assault but wrote in his analysis on the incident that the chief’s behavior was “disturbing and well below the bar we set for professional police officers in our community.”

Tim Callison, the former mayor, later announced he had fired Marks.

According to court documents, Procopio’s felony history consists of two cases in 2015, but he was contacted by police many times since and charged in district court.

On March 5, 2015, a Langley police officer witnessed Procopio sharing a bowl of marijuana with an underage boy on a park bench.

Seventeen days later, Procopio attacked a corrections deputy in the Island County Jail. He ended up wrestling on the ground with two of the corrections deputies before one of them deployed a Taser on him.

In a forensic mental health evaluation associated with the cases, the psychologist concluded that he likely suffers from schizophrenic spectrum disorder and a substance use disorder. The report notes that Procopio’s answers to questions were largely incoherent.

The psychologist found that he was not competent to stand trial. But after treatment at Western State Hospital, his competency was “restored” and he pleaded guilty to an assault charge.

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