Georgia Cop Tells Frightened Woman ‘We Only Kill Black People’

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A Cobb County police lieutenant has been moved to administrative duty for making what the department deemed were “inappropriate racial comments” during a traffic stop last year. The request for dash camera footage of the incident prompted an internal investigation of Lt. Greg Abbott. The footage shows a female driver pulled over during a DUI traffic stop telling Abbott that she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone because “I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops … ” At that point, she is cut off by Abbott. “But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people,” the police veteran of nearly three decades can be heard saying. “Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?” The footage is from July 2016, before Mike Register took over as chief of Cobb police. He said that Abbott will remain on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, for which he didn’t give a timeline. A statement Wednesday from the department said Register just found out about the recording Friday. “No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” Register told Channel 2. This was also before a study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police ordered the department to address public perceptions of racism and discriminatory policing.

Suri Chadha Jimenez, who is representing the driver in the case, said he thinks the officer was being sarcastic after the woman “gave him some lip.” “It makes you cringe when you hear it. It’s unacceptable,” Jimenez said. Lance LoRusso, Abbott’s attorney, gave the station this statement: “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.” In the police statement, Cobb County commission chairman Mike Boyce is quoted as saying: “I have seen the video and obviously have great concerns. I find the comments on the video repugnant and offensive beyond measure.” This comes a day after the department released information about an officer-involved shooting that injured a 16-year-old’s upper thigh. The shooting was deemed justifiable by a grand jury. “We are going to keep going forward to make sure we, as a police department, service the community in a most professional way. All segments of the community,” Register said.

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48 thoughts on “Georgia Cop Tells Frightened Woman ‘We Only Kill Black People’

  1. Fucking trumpets here arguing that "it's sarcastic bruh", as if that would make it professional or appropriate. If your doctor tells you tomorrow as a "joke" that your dad is dying from cancer in 6 months, you wouldn't find that funny. That has nothing to do with "dem libruls" or "media", it's just wildly unprofessional. Doesn't matter how he meant it. Keep in mind that a wildly inappropriate joke from the suspect can have big repercussions. There's absolutely zero reason why this wouldn't go both ways, other than absolutely idiotic disregard for professionalism.

  2. And this cop needs to lose his badge!
    I'm so sick of cops like this ruining it for other great officers! Whether he was kidding or not, he's proven he's a dirtbag!

  3. This cop should be fired and charged with racial profiling.
    This really is unacceptable behavior for a cop.
    He gives the police a bad name.
    The sorry excuses that are made are just pathetic.
    I am even afraid this cop means what he says. I may hope he didnt shoot people before.

  4. I had a cop tell me something similar. he said to get my insurance and I didn't move he said it again and when I said I'm going to move my right hand to the glove box. he asked why I was scared I said coos seem to be shooting people alot. he said dont worry your not black I can't get away with shooting a white man. I chuckled and said ok. he gave me a warning and let me go. I told him be careful who you say that to they might not take it the way I did. he said get the fuck out of here man I'm letting you go don't gibme me shit now go. I'm like WOW.

  5. A friend of mine was badly paralyzed while still in High School. He and others were picking on one student they didn't like. The student got his revenge when he became an Officer in there home town, he never forgot them. With that said he went hunting for all of them. So one night my friend was driving through town, slowly as he said to me. Well his picked on class-mate ran the plate, game on. He pulled him over and gave him a ticket for driving 20 in a posted 25 mph. Well my friend took the ticket and drove away going 20. Then got another ticket for the same thing. Now you go home and tell Dad what happened last night to get Two tickets. His Father works as the city's Planning Official and knows the Police Chief, Dad gives him a call explaining to him what happened last night. The Chief dismissed the tickets and fired the officer. Well he was gone in his home town, but still an officer a few county's away. Still pissed at his class-mates, especially my friend, more than ever. So a few years later my friend was being an Ass Hole again in his new home town. He is paralyzed from the waste down, and his cop hater knew this. My friend was cruising down the street as a passenger in someones car sitting outside the door through the window waving to others, just having fun being again an Ass-hole. He didn't have any idea who was pulling them over at that time. Well it was revenge again to my friend. The officer said to him to get out of the car with his pistol pointing at him. My friend said i will get out if you get my wheel chair, well that didn't go well and the cop hater/class-mate made him crawl out onto a wet road through mud and dirt just to wright him a ticket again. He deserved it anyway. Well when the Chief of our home town was contacted by his dad and the other chief of the other town, he was fired again. No longer a cop, he must be a Mall-Cop somewhere looking for revenge again, or a Dog catcher, who knows. Thing is a never pick on a class-mate, they never forget, EVER.

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