A Cobb County police lieutenant has been moved to administrative duty for making what the department deemed were “inappropriate racial comments” during a traffic stop last year. The request for dash camera footage of the incident prompted an internal investigation of Lt. Greg Abbott. The footage shows a female driver pulled over during a DUI traffic stop telling Abbott that she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone because “I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops … ” At that point, she is cut off by Abbott. “But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people,” the police veteran of nearly three decades can be heard saying. “Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?” The footage is from July 2016, before Mike Register took over as chief of Cobb police. He said that Abbott will remain on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, for which he didn’t give a timeline. A statement Wednesday from the department said Register just found out about the recording Friday. “No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” Register told Channel 2. This was also before a study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police ordered the department to address public perceptions of racism and discriminatory policing.
Source : PoliceActivity