A police officer in Georgia tried to console a nervous driver during a DUI stop by stating, “We only kill black people.”
The conversation was caught on the officer’s dash camera, obtained by WSB Channel 2 in Atlanta.
In the video, the 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.
"Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?" Abbott said.
Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register told WSB Channel 2 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: Cobb County Police Department]