A group of Orange County deputies did not harass a fellow deputy because he is Muslim, a federal jury decided Monday.
Waleed Albakri had sued the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked from 2008 to 2014, alleging that co-workers called him a “terrorist,” among other derogatory terms, and started a criminal investigation against him because of his religion.
“The sheriff is pleased with the outcome,” the county’s attorney, Mark Levitt, said Monday evening. “The jury quickly recognized that Mr. Albakri’s claim was totally without merit.”
He was fired from the Sheriff’s Office in 2014 after being arrested on insurance-fraud charges, which prosecutors later dropped.
The jury on Monday sided with the Sheriff’s Office after about an hour and a half of deliberations, finding no harassment because of race, religion or national origin.