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UPDATE: The officer who was caught on tape saying police only kill Black people will be fired.

On Thursday, Cobb County police Chief Mike Register told news reps that he has begun process to eliminate Lieutenant Greg Abbott from the force

As we previously reported, via dashcam video from July 2016 a white woman can be heard telling Abbott she was scared to move her hands in order to get her mobile phone.

That’s when Abbott interjects and says, “But you’re not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?”

A 20-year member of the Cobb County police force, Abbott was placed on administrative duty last week, pending an investigation.

Earlier on Thursday, Abbott’s lawyer, Lance LoRusso, said in a statement to The Associated Press that Abbott is cooperating with the investigation, and his comments were meant to “de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger.”

Well, it didn’t make any difference with Chief Register who later said that regardless of the context, such comments are “unacceptable.”

“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,” Register said in an emailed statement.

ORIGINAL STORY:

In Cobb County, Georgia, dash-cam video bears witness to an officer’s questionable interaction with a woman who said she was afraid to move her hands during a traffic stop.

“Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?” the Cobb County police officer can be heard saying on the video.

On Friday, led by police chief Mike Register, the Cobb County police department opened an internal investigation.

Chief Register identified the officer heard on video is Lt. Greg Abbott. Abbott has been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation, reports Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News.

Register says 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 driver 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.

Meanwhile, Abbott’s attorney Lance LoRusso provided 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.

Chief Register says the incident happened last year, before he became chief.

Get the rest of the story at WSBtv.com.

(Photo Credit: WSBTV News Screen Shot)

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16 thoughts on “Georgia Officer Who Said ‘We Only Kill Black People,’ To Be Fired

  1. Honestly on said:

    The cave n!@@er with a badge opened his sh!tty mouth and spoke the truth. People of color in this country do not owe these Neanderthal apes loyalty or allegiance. They should have never been let out of the caves Europe.

    • specialt757 on said:

      hahaha you sound like a complete idiot, you post your real name so we can contact your employer – that’s if you have one lol, go somewhere and sit down, and speak only when spoken too.

  2. He will go down to road to the good ole boys police depart and get another job. They protect their own you know. He will be just fine.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    If this happened a year ago, what prompted them to release this footage? And why now is he just on desk duty as of the last week? What’s really going on, when did the driver complain? How did this footage get released, was it court ordered? This article doesn’t say.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Maybe he was “only being sarcastic” but it backfired. And in today’s climate he should have thought 3 times before he said, it was inappropriate and he wasn’t a comic on a stage. Don’t try to muddy the waters with this logic.

      • The only logical thing here is, he got caught. We knw that’s how a lot of these fake ass cops really think. Especially down south. His dumbass thought he could get away with it because the ppl he pulled over were white. It surfaced a yr later. Really??

    • “Responsibility,” I actually agree that I believe he was being “sarcastic.” However, to say African Americans need to stop being so “overly sensitive” is a little outrageous. AA are the only “group” of people who are told…shhhhhhhhhhh, hush. We’re not supposed to talk about racism. We’re not supposed to talk about police brutality. We’re not supposed to talk about slavery. No one tells the Jews that they are being “overly sensitive,” especially in reference to the Holocaust. I hope that we continue to be “overly sensitive” and call out B.S. for what it is.

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