Atlanta, Georgia. USA. August 31st. Georgia Police dash cam footage surfaced yesterday Wednesday, Aug. 30, which shows Cobb County police officer, Lt. Greg Abbott telling a woman he pulled over on a traffic stop, “we only kill black people.” Lt. Greg Abbott pulled over the woman on suspicion of driving under the influence, DUI in July 2016 but the video only just surfaced.
In the video, the female driver tells Lt. Greg Abbott that she’s scared to move her hands down to pick up her cell phone, something he asked her to do, because she has watched too many videos of police-involved shootings.
“But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”
Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register told reporters that he wasn’t aware of any racial bias issues with Abbott. He added, “No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said.”
Abbott’s attorney Lance LoRusso put out a statement, saying, “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.”
Photo: Dash cam screen shot showing cobb county policeman Lt. Greg Abbott telling white woman “we only kill black people”
The revelation of the dash cam footage has prompted the Cobb County police department to place Lt. Abbott on administrative duty. Meanwhile, the department has begun an internal investigation related to the footage.
Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register — whose hiring as police chief came after the incident in question occurred told reporters that no matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said.