‘REMEMBER, WE ONLY KILL BLACK PEOPLE,’ Georgia police officer told a White Woman — on camera
Story by: Lindsey Bever | Published by Stephen Igbinovia
A Georgia police officer has been accused of making racist statements to a woman during a traffic stop, telling her the officers “only kill black people.”
Dash-cam video shows the Cobb County police officer, who has been identified by local news organizations as police Lt. Greg Abbott, standing outside a vehicle during a DUI traffic stop in July 2016.
The woman, who was a passenger in the vehicle, can be heard telling the officer that she did not want to put her hands down to reach for her phone because “I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops —.”
“But you’re not black,” the officer interrupted. “Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah, we only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen black people get killed? You have.”
Cobb County police said Wednesday that Chief Mike Register received information late last week about an officer making “inappropriate racial comments,” which were captured on video obtained by ABC affiliate WSB. Authorities did not immediately confirm the officer’s name.
The department said the officer was placed on administrative duties during an internal investigation.
Abbott’s attorney, Lance LoRusso, said Abbott, a 27-year veteran on the force, is fully cooperating.
“His comments must be observed in their totality to understand their context,” LoRusso said in the statement Thursday to The Washington Post. “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.”
But the police chief said there was no excuse.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Suri Chadha Jimenez, an attorney who represented the driver in the DUI case, said that he had seen the video while preparing for court last summer and was “shocked” by what he had heard.
“I heard that, and I cringed. I had to replay it. I thought, ‘There’s no way,’ ” he said.
- August 31 2017
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