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January 29, 2010
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Man takes pic of Ga. cop surfing Facebook on duty

The Atlanta man was later arrested, but claims he did no wrong

ATLANTA, Ga. — An Atlanta man claims he was arrested for catching an on-duty officer chatting on Facebook.

Chandler Brown told Channel 2 Action News reporter Erin Coleman that he has since filed a formal complaint with the Atlanta Police Department and the mayor's office.

Coleman obtained a copy of that complaint, which makes startling accusations about the officer allegedly chatting on Facebook when he was on the job.

“It was Thanksgiving night … my friend called me and said, ‘I’ve been in an accident,’” said Brown.

Brown said he immediately hailed a cab and went to the scene on Interstate 85 near Cheshire Bridge Road. Brown said his friend wanted to leave, and as they pulled off, they were stopped by police because she couldn’t leave the scene of an accident. So they were put in the back of an Atlanta police car, and that’s when Brown said he noticed something.

“The police officer was chatting on Facebook,” said Brown. “I think that’s wrong.” So Brown took out his cell phone and took a picture. That’s when he claims the officer arrested him.

Read full story: Man snaps pic of Atlanta officer chatting on Facebook

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