Another Day, Another Cop Caught On Camera Saying “We Only Kill Black People”
Can't even make this stuff up
Maybe you haven’t heard, but cops have been killing a lot of black people. Not only have they been pulling them over, beating them, choking them, shooting them and burning them with scalding hot water they have also been getting away with killing black people. So when Lt. Greg Abbot, a police officer Cobb County, Georgia, was caught on camera telling a white woman he had pulled over “remember, we only kill black people,” it’s hard to know if he was actually joking or not.
One thing is for fucking sure, whether or not this guy has a sense of humor: cops killing black people is no laughing matter.
Following an open records request by WSB TV in Atlanta, the news outlet obtained video of a white woman who was pulled over for suspicion of DUI. The officer was telling her that she could grab her phone because it was “right there.” The woman started to say, “No, no, no. I’ve just seen way too many of videos of cops…”
That’s when he interrupted her to give her, and all of America, a stark reminder about the sad state of out policing: “But you’re not black. Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?”
Abbot has been placed on administrative leave and is now the subject of an internal investigation according to Police Chief Mike Register.
The video was actually captured last year but just became public. Register told reporters that the only goal of Abbot’s comments was to make the woman comfortable enough to reach for her phone.
Oh, OK. Cool!
Abbot’s lawyer, Lance LoRusso echoed that sentiment. He issued a statement on behalf of his client that said:
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.
“We’re not making excuses. We’re meeting this head-on and we’re going to deal with it,” Register told reporters.
Yeah, good idea man. Because this shit is out of pocket. Perhaps next time a simple, “I’m not going to kill you ma’am” would have worked better.
Here’s the video.