Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of debate between the African American community and law enforcement agencies around the country. This stems from multiple incidents where police officers have seemingly been trigger-happy when conducting routine traffic stops involving African American individuals. We’ve seen several black men shot by officers simply for reaching for their driver’s licenses or making a movement of one kind or another.
While those on the side of law enforcement tend to argue that this is simply the case of officers fearing for their lives, stats show that these accidents occur more frequently when African Americans are involved. Regardless, law enforcement agencies everywhere have been trying to break away from the stereotype that they are more trigger-happy when it comes to African Americans then they are with caucasians and other races.
That’s why an incident that was just uncovered in Cobb County, Georgia is so astonishing. During a DUI stop, Lt. Officer Greg Abbott pulled over a white woman who was fearful of reaching for her driver’s license because of videos she had seen of officers shooting individuals for doing just that.
As seen in the video below, the woman can be heard saying, “No, no, no. I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops,” before getting cut off by Officer Abbott who said:
“But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen black people get killed? You have.”
The words of this officer are quite astonishing, and because of these statements, the Cobb County Police Department has put Abbott on administrative leave while an investigation takes place.
“No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register told WSB-TV.
Meanwhile, the attorney for Greg Abbott says that his client was just trying to calm the woman down.
“He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger. 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.”
What do you think? Were these statements by this officer out of line? Should he lose his job for this incident? Discuss in the comments section below.