A Georgia police officer is under fire after dash-cam video surfaced where you can hear him tell a woman that police officers “only kill black people.”
The Cobb County officer, Lt. Greg Abbott, was seen standing outside of the woman’s vehicle after a DUI traffic stop from July 2016.
Abbott can be heard telling the woman “use your phone, it’s in your lap right there.” The woman replies “Ok, I just don’t want to put my hands down…I’m really sorry I just…I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops.”
“But you’re not black, remember we only shoot black people,” Abbott replied. “Yeah, we only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen black people
get killed? You have.”
Watch the dash-cam coverage below:
The Washington Post reported that “Chief Mike Register received information last week about the ‘inappropriate racial comments,’ and the officer was placed on administrative duties during an internal investigation.”
An attorney representing the driver in the case believes the officer was merely being “sarcastic.”
“No matter what the context, statements like these are unacceptable and are not indicative of the type of culture we are trying to facilitate here in the police department, as well as within the county,” Register told the Post.
WSB-TV, who obtained the video, reported that the chief assigned Abbott to “administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.”
In a statement given to WSB, Abbot’s attorney Lance LoRusso said:
Lt. Greg Abbott is a highly respected 28-year veteran of the Cobb County Police Department. He is cooperating with the department’s internal investigation and will continue to do so. His comments must be observed in their totality to understand their context. He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger. In context, his comments were clearly aimed at attempting to gain compliance by using the passenger’s own statements and reasoning to avoid making an arrest.