Back in July, a video of a police lieutenant went viral after racial and derogatory comments at a traffic stop. In the video the officer says “we only shoot black people” and he will now be fired from the Cobb County police force.
White Cop Says ‘We Only Shoot Black People.”
The lieutenant in question is Lt. Greg Abbott. The police chief held a live press conference on the situation but has he was speaking an email was sent out to the country from Abbott saying he was retiring according to Commission Chairman Mike Boyce. Boyce also said it wasn’t clear if his announcement to retire would affect plans to fire the officer. At the press conference on Thursday, Chief Mike Register said “I have known Ly. (Greg) Abbott for years and perceived him as honorable, but he’s made a mistake. I don’t know what is in his heart, but I know what came out of his mouth. We recommend that he be terminated and we are moving forward on that.”
Lt. Abbott has been on the force for 28 years. The date stamp on the video is July 10th, 2016 which is just a few days after Minnesota police shot and killed Philando Castile while his girlfriend recorded his death.
The woman in the video tells Abbott that she is afraid to reach for her cell phone because “I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops..” and Abbott cuts her off saying “But you’re not black.”
“Remember, we only shoot black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”
Chief Register took over at the Cobb County as chief of police this past June. “I wish Lt. Abbott well. But I think that was very inappropriate for any police officer to say that, but especially one of our leaders in the department.”