‘We only shoot black people’, US cop during traffic stop; fired 

September 1, 2017, 1:44 pm
‘We only shoot black people’, US cop during traffic stop; fired 
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‘We only shoot black people’, US cop during traffic stop; fired 

‘We only shoot black people’, US cop during traffic stop; fired 

A police lieutenant in Georgia who was recorded on video during a traffic stop saying “we only shoot black people” is being fired, the police chief said Thursday.

Dashcam video from July 2016 shows a car stopped on the side of a road and a woman can be heard telling Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone. Abbott, who is white, interrupts her and says, “But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. Yeah. We only shoot black people, right?

Announcing his decision to fire Abbott, Police Chief Mike Register remarked that “there’s really no place for these types of comments in law enforcement.”

Register said he learned of the comments after television station WSB-TV obtained the video and made the department aware of it. Abbott, who had been an officer for 28 years, was placed on administrative duties while the department investigated the video.

Register said he’s worked hard since becoming chief in June to strengthen the relationship between the department and the community.

“It’s sad to think that several seconds of video has the potential of tearing that apart, and I hope that is not the case,” he said, later adding, “This badge and this uniform should mean that there’s justice and fairness for all.”

Register said he’s known Abbott for many years and has known him to be an honourable man. The report from the internal review indicates that Abbott was trying to be sarcastic and to address the situation as he perceived it, Register said.

“He made a mistake,” Register said. “I don’t know what’s in his heart but I certainly know what came out of his mouth. It’s inexcusable.”