A Georgia police officer is under investigation after dash cam footage showing him telling a woman that he pulled over that police officers “only kill black people” was published by a local tv station.
The dashboard camera footage was obtained WSB-TV Atlanta through open records request. The video shows Cobb County Police Lt. Greg Abbott trying to ease the fears of a woman he pulled over who was reluctant to move her hands to pull out her license and registration.
“Remember, we only kill black people,” the officer said. “We only kill black people, right?”
Abbott was placed on administrative leave late last week after the department was made aware of the video. Abbott’s attorney argued that his client was clearly trying to ease a tense situation and get the driver to comply with his commands.
“He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger,” the attorney said. “He was trying to avoid making an arrest.”
However, Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register said that some things simply shouldn’t be said by police officers, regardless of the situation.
Watch the video below.