Police are usually slow to respond when it comes to disciplining officers, especially if the kill unarmed people. But This police department make a quick decision after discovering the racist comment that was made by an officer.
According to Police Chief Mike Register, the white police lieutenant in Cobb County, Georgia, who told a woman during a traffic stop that “we only shoot black people” will be fired, reported Fox 13 Memphis.
“I have known Lt. (Greg) Abbott for years and perceived him as honorable, but he’s made a mistake,” Register said at a press conference in Marietta on Thursday. “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.”
The lieutenant has been on the force for 28 years, but was fired the day after the video went viral after hitting the news on Wednesday.
The date stamp on the video is shows it to have been recorded just a few days after a Minnesota police officer shot and killed Philando Castile, whose girlfriend recorded his death with her phone.
The footage shows the officer speaking through the car window to a female passenger in a vehicle who had been stopped for suspected DUI.
The woman tells Abbott that she is afraid to reach for her cellphone because, “I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops … ” At that point, Abbott cuts her off.
“But you’re not black,” he says. “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?”
At the press conference, Register said, “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.”
(Article By James Carter)