Over the past few months, there has been numerous reports about racism and it looks like there’s no change anytime soon.
What was supposed to be a routine traffic stop turned out to be a bad joke about ‘murdering black people.’ In a video obtained by Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta, shows Lt. Greg Abbott of the Cobb County Police Department standing next to the passenger side of a car as he tells a woman that she could use her cellphone because she’s not black.
“It’s in your lap right there,” he says. She tells the officer that she does not want to move her hands, saying she has seen “way too many videos” about police misconduct at traffic stops.
“But you’re not black,” Lieutenant Abbott replies. “Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?” Though the video is said to be a year old, it still doesn’t make it right for a police officer or anyone of that nature to joke about taking someone’s life no matter what the person’s race.
Via NY Times reports:
Ben Williams, the president of the Cobb County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, responded to the media at a news conference by saying:
“There will be other instances of police misconduct.” He continued, “But we have hope here in Cobb that we have a chief and leadership that is serious about bringing this department to be one of the better ones in the nation.”
Abbott’s lawyer, Lance LoRusso, said in a statement that the 28-year veteran of the force was cooperating with the internal investigation, Channel 2 reported. He could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
“He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger,” Mr. LoRusso said. “In context, his comments were clearly aimed at attempting to gain compliance by using the passenger’s own statements and reasoning to avoid making an arrest.”
On Thursday’s news conference, Chief Register said Abbott’s comments might have been made “from a sarcastic standpoint,” but were inappropriate regardless of context.
The traffic stop reportedly took place on July 10, 2016, around 3 a.m. on Interstate 75 near Marietta, the county seat. The male driver was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, his lawyer, Surinder Chadha Jimenez, said in a telephone interview on Thursday.