A police lieutenant in Georgia who was caught on his dash-cam telling a woman, “We only shoot black people” is being fired. However, Lt. Greg Abbott says he’ll retire instead. It is unknown if the police department will accept his resignation or follow through with the firing.
The dashcam video is from July 2016 that shows Abbott standing outside a car that was stopped for a DUI traffic stop. You can hear a female driver telling Abbot that she didn’t want to reach for her phone because “I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops —.”
Abbot interrupts saying, “But you’re not black.” He continued, “Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah, we only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen any white people get killed? You have.”
Abbot has been an officer for 28 years. While the department investigated the video, he was initially placed on administrative leave.
When announcing the decision to fire Abbot, Police Chief Mike Register stated, “there’s really no place for these types of comments in law enforcement.”
Chief Register explained, “I feel that no matter what context you try to take those comments in, the statements were inexcusable and inappropriate. They’re not indicative of the values that I’m trying to instill within the Cobb County police department and that I believe the county holds.”
The police chief also added, “He made a mistake. I don’t know what’s in his heart but I certainly know what came out of his mouth. It’s inexcusable.”
You can watch a video about it below:
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