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Officer Tells White Passenger: ‘We Only Kill Black People’ (VIDEO)
Police officers, for the most part, perform a commendable service day-in and day-out. Unfortunately, a small number among their ranks routinely demonstrate that there are still issues of racism within departments across the country.
Lt. Greg Abbott, a Georgia police officer, was trying to instruct a passenger of a vehicle he pulled over during a DUI traffic stop in July to grab her cell phone. According to audio from the dashcam video, the woman, distraught and obviously nervous about the entire ordeal, was reluctant to reach for her phone.
“I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops,” she began, implying that she was scared about being shot.
Abbott responded, however, trying to ease her concerns — and raising a plethora of more problems in so doing.
“But you’re not black,” he said. “Remember, we only kill black people…All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen black people get killed? You have.”
Abbott has been placed on administrative leave, following the release of the video to local media. Abbott’s lawyer defended his statement, suggesting that he was merely trying to calm down a distraught passenger.
“He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger,” his lawyer 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.”
But Abbott’s boss, Cobb County Chief of Police Mike Register, disagreed. “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,” he said.
Watch the video below, and decide for yourself:
There is no official number of how many people have been killed by police officers, but the Washington Post has an unofficial tally they track using media reports and other datasets. In 2016, for example, they tracked 963 fatalities as the result of police shooting civilians. Through eight months of 2017, at least 660 individuals have been shot and killed by police, on pace to reach 990 by the end of the year.
Of those killed by police so far in 2017, 21 percent were black individuals. African Americans only make up about 13 percent of the entire U.S. population.