I keep telling y’all that Facebook can cost you your job. This week, a Georgia officer is in the news after claiming to have been fired over things he wrote on his Facebook page. In what can only be described as ummm STUPID… Orlando James “O.J.” Conception was terminated after posting on Facebook what his former employer, Sandy Springs Police, claim were demeaning comments about the department and its staff.
They also allege the Sergeant described plainclothes police operations and violated operational security while Conception claims that is page is private and feels that he did nothing wrong.
In one posting, OJ [*giggles* how appropriate] revealed that he was working on an FBI task force.
“Orlando J. Conception is working with the FBI this week… I smell a million dollar drug seizure coming our way soon.”
When asked if he believed the posting endangered anyone, Concepcion said he was just “so excited just being a part of the FBI task force.”
Another Facebook posting from Conception suggested authorities would be raiding an area between two specific streets. When asked again if he believed he was endangering anyone, he again said no, stating that he felt the department was “digging into [his] personal life.”
Now, I’m all for social networking, but com’on son! *Ed Lover Voice* As an officer of the law, I would expect way more from this guy. It’s apparent that he’s not even smarter than a 5th grader. What seems like common sense seems totally lost on him.
Conception says he was surprised to hear he’d be fired in large part for his postings on the popular social networking website. He alleges that other officers have committed similar and/or worse offenses without reprimand. Conception says a white officer posted racially charged comments on his Facebook page and has not been fired. He also claims a female officer has posted inappropriate photos of herself on her page and has not been disciplined.
His attorney, Mike Puglise is seeking to win his client’s job back and to clear his name. <~~ Good luck with that.