Former county employee claims harassment

December 5, 2009 7:15:41 PM PST
The young man who went from bus boy to protege of Cook County Board President Todd Stroger says he is being harassed.Cook County Sheriff's police arrested Tony Cole earlier this week at the county building and charged him with resisting arrest and obstructing justice. Cole says he was simply removing a few personal pictures from his old office when officers arrested him.

Cole told ABC7 Saturday that he thinks people in government are trying to intimidate him into staying silent.

"Here I am. I'm no politician or anything. I have a past of allegations, but I'm not a convicted felon. It's just my information that I have, as far as factual documentation from phones and things like that. It's just ongoing," he said.

Stroger hired Cole away from his restaurant job last year and put him in a $61,000-per-year county job. Stroger's cousin and former chief financial officer bailed Cole out of jail on more than one occasion while he worked for the county.


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