Judge dismisses former Sandy Springs cop's Facebook lawsuit

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

Orlando Concepcion filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city in August, claiming the true reason behind his 2009 dismissal was because he had reported alleged misbehavior by white officers to his white superiors.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - A Federal judge has dismissed a former Sandy Springs police officer’s lawsuit alleging the department wrongly fired him for posts he made on his personal Facebook page.

Orlando Concepcion admitted he posted comments about his position, including one about a drug seizure he worked on with the FBI, but maintains it was on a private page not accessible to the public.

Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik the judge’s ruling upheld the city’s decision to dismiss Concepcion and found the city didn’t discriminate against Concepcion because of his ethnicity.

“The dismissal addressed specifically concerns the city had that he had, in making certain comments on his Facebook, it really endangered the lives of other officers,” said Willard.

Willard told Petchenik the decision should serve as a warning to other law enforcement officers posting on social media.

“You need to be very careful, realize when you’re using public media like that, you cannot talk about what you’re doing with your work,” Willard said.

Concepcion told Petchenik he’s “over it” and has moved on with his life since leaving the department.  Concepcion said he doesn’t plan to appeal the decision and that his lawsuit was never about money.  He said many of the commanders who handled his situation are no longer with the department.  Concepcion is now a detective with the Snellville Police Department.


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