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Toomer Talks About Threats, Harassment at DMV

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Algie Toomer says he was threatened when he asked for a better DMV vehicle.
RALEIGH — Algie Toomer, North Carolina's $100,000 dollar man, says he is the victimof racism, bad managers, and State Government. Algie Toomer says hewishes he would have never taken the job at the DMV.

He says right from the start, he was caught in the middle of a power struggle.Toomer claims his worst problem is, he's still stuck in the middle.

Algie Toomer may have been happy to speak up Wednesday, but, he claims hisyears at the DMV were anything but delightful. Toomer says he had thesupport of former commissioner Alexander Killens.

Killens was just indicted for obstruction of justice. But, Toomer saysother high ranking officers harassed and threatened his every move,including when he asked Col. A.L. Felton for a better DMV patrol car.

Toomer says he was called into Col. Felton's officer and told that if hedidn't stop asking questions about a car, he could find himself walking.It was a case of more direct threats.

Committee members were just listening Wednesday. They allowed Toomer toread a statement he says he labored for weeks to prepare. The committeeis supposed to be working on the problems of favoritism and patronage instate government. Toomer says the government, and the committee haveoffered him no relief.

"I was caught in the middle," Toomer says. "You still have me caught inthe middle, being harassed from every conceivable source."

Toomer's attorneys claim his constitutional rights were violated duringthe turmoil at the DMV. They also say they now feel the $100,000 dollarpayoff was grossly inadequate considering the trouble he faced.

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