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Friday, September 01, 2017

Georgia officer in hot water after dash cam shows him saying 'Remember, we only shoot black people' WSB-TV Atlanta reports that it was only after their channel’s investigation asked for the video that the Cobb County police department opened an internal investigation.

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A Cobb County, Georgia police officer is being investigated after dash cam footage showing him making questionable statements during a suspected DUI traffic stop was released. During the stop the officer, dealing with a nervous but not uncooperative passenger, had this interaction:



Officer: Use your phone. It’s in your lap right there.



Woman: OK. I just don’t want to put my hands down. I’m really sorry, I’m just—



Officer: --You’re just really [unintelligible]



Woman: --no, no, no I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops—



Officer: --But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. Yeah. We only shoot black people, right? In all the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?



Woman: Yeah.



Officer: You have.



WSB-TV Atlanta reports that it was only after their channel’s investigation asked for the video that the Cobb County police department opened an internal investigation. According to the report, Lt. Greg Abbott is the officer in the video and he has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation. The woman’s attorney believes that Lt. Abbott was being sarcastic in his comments, but also believes that this doesn’t change the fact that it is a highly inappropriate thing to say—even if the woman was being less than cooperative. Abbott’s attorney Lance LoRusso told WSB-TV:





Georgia officer in hot water after dash cam shows him saying 'Remember, we only shoot black people'

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