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Cop says ‘we only shoot black people’ during traffic stop

A police lieutenant in Georgia has been moved to administrative duty after being heard on video during a traffic stop saying ‘we only shoot black people.’

Dash-cam video from a DUI traffic stop in July 2016 shows a white female driver telling Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone because she didn’t want to get shot, WSB reported.

Abbott interrupts her and says, ‘But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people.

‘All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?’ 

Cobb County police chief Mike Register said Abbott will remain on administrative duty pending an investigation, and that ‘no matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said.’

 

Dash-cam video from a DUI traffic stop in July 2016 shows a white female driver telling Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone because she didn’t want to get shot (above)

Abbott’s attorney, Lance LoRusso, said in a statement Abbott is cooperating with the investigation, and that his comments were meant to ‘de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger.’

‘Lt. Greg Abbott is a highly respected 28-year veteran of the Cobb County Police Department,’ LoRusso said in a statement. 

‘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. 

Abbott interrupts her and says, 'But you're not black. Remember, we only shoot black people.' Cobb County police chief Mike Register said Abbott is on administrative duty pending an investigation, and that 'no matter what context it was said, it shouldn't have been said'

Abbott interrupts her and says, ‘But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people.’ Cobb County police chief Mike Register said Abbott is on administrative duty pending an investigation, and that ‘no matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said’

‘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 that Abbott had been a good officer and that he had not apparently received any racial bias complaints.   

‘We’re not making excuses. We’re meeting this head-on and we’re going to deal with it,’ Register, who was not police chief during the time of the incident, told WSB.

‘We are going to keep going forward to make sure we, as a police department, service the community in a most professional way — all segments of the community.’ 

The attorney for the driver during the traffic stop, Suri Chadha Jimenez, said she believes the officer’s response was sarcastic because the woman, ‘gave him some lip,’ but nonetheless said, ‘it makes you cringe when you hear it. It’s unacceptable.’

The charges against the driver were dropped and the charges against the female passenger in the video were resolved, Jimenz told DailyMail.com.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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