A Cobb County, Georgia police officer has some serious explaining to do! 28 year veteran Lt. Greg Abbott was caught by his own dash cam and microphone telling a woman involved in a traffic stop “Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?” The Caucasian woman was nervous and afraid to move her hands to use her phone because of the videos that she'd seen concerning police officers and this was his, alleged, way of reassuring her.
According to WSB-TV:
Cobb County Poilce Chief Mike Register said "the officer heard on video is Lt. Greg Abbott. Register said Abbott has been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. According to Register, the recording is part of a DUI stop. The woman said she was hesitant to put her hands down to pick up a cellphone because she didn’t want to get shot.“No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” Register said.
Suri Chadha Jimenez, who is representing the woman in the case, said he believes 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. Jimenez says the fear minorities have when stopped is real.
Abbott’s attorney Lance LoRusso gave Channel 2 Action News the following 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.”
Register said Abbott had been a good officer and he wasn’t aware of any racial bias complaints.“We’re not making excuses. We’re meeting this head-on and we’re going to deal with it,” Register said.
According to Register, the incident happened last year, before he became chief. This was also before an International Association of Chiefs of Police report gave the Cobb Police Department a high community approval rating, but also mentioned a perception of discriminatory and biased policing."
Watch the video and judge for yourselves.