Recently-released dashcam video from the Cobb County Police Department in Georgia shows a police lieutenant telling a woman “we only kill black people” during a traffic stop.
Video provided by Reuters
A Georgia police officer was fired for telling a woman during a traffic stop that police “only kill black people.”
Dash cam footage shows Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott standing outside of a vehicle during a DUI stop last year.
The officer asked the nervous woman to grab her cellphone, but she said she was afraid to move her hands because she “just seen way too many videos of cops.”
That’s when the 28-year police veteran interrupted her.
“But you’re not black,” Abbott can be heard saying in the video. “Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah, we only kill black people, right? All of the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed? You have.”
The incident happened in July 2016 but came to light Wednesday after a TV station in Atlanta requested the footage.
Announcing his decision to fire Abbott on Thursday, Police Chief Mike Register remarked that “there’s really no place for these types of comments in law enforcement.”
Speaking at a news conference, Register added, “I feel that no matter what context you try to take those comments in, the statements were inexcusable and inappropriate. They’re not indicative of the values that I’m trying to instill within the Cobb County police department and that I believe the county holds.”
Register said he’s known Abbott for many years and has known him to be an honorable man. The report from the internal…